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Meet Sarah Rector, The 11-Year-Old Who Became Richest Black Girl In The World

Cha-ching! She may have only been 11-years-old, but age didn’t mean a thing when Sarah Rector became the richest Black girl in America. Rector was the daughter of freedmen in 1902 before ultimately earning the title of the wealthiest Black girl in the nation, according to Black Enterprise. She and her family were African American members of the Muscogee Creek Nation and lived in a modest cabin in the mainly Black town of Taft, Oklahoma. At the time, the area was considered Indian Territory and because Rector’s parents were formerly enslaved by Creek Tribe members, they were entitled to land under the Dawes Allotment Act of 1887. The result of this led to hundreds of Black children known as “Creek Freedmen minors,” being granted 160 acres of land due to the Indian Territory’s integration with Oklahoma Territory which created the State of Oklahoma in 1907. Most of the land that was granted to former slaves was rocky and infertile but not for Rector whose allotment was sitting on a...

Shanique Yates

Mar 20, 2021