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History of All-Black towns

by The 100 Companies

The legacy and impact of All-Black towns is an important chapter in the history of our state. Faced with inexpensive land but entrenched systemic racism, African Americans carved out bustling communities, with more than 50 towns created between 1865-1920.

Today, 13 of these towns are incorporated into Oklahoma. In Boley, the Farmers & Merchants Bank stands tall as the first Black-owned bank with a national charter. Rentiesville, founded in 1907, will host the Dusk ‘Til Dawn Music Festival at the iconic Down Home Blues Club from Aug. 31-Sept. 2.

And don’t miss visiting Langston University, the only historically Black college in Oklahoma.

– Staff Report, The Oklahoma 100

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