AfriGeneas States Research Forum
[OK] Summit, Muskogee County, Oklahoma
TEXAN FOUNDED SUMMIT FOR AFRICAN-AMERICANS
TOWN ENVISIONED AS A MODEL COMMUNITY
L.W. Thomas came to Oklahom with a vision of estabishing a model community on the Jefferson Highway (U.S. 69), eight (8) miles southwest of Muskogee.
He came to Muskogee County July of 1922 with a dream of establishing a model community, Summit, for African-Americans.
He came from MEXIA, TEXAS where he had ten (10) producing oil wells on his land.
He invested more than $100,000 in Muskogee County real estate.
He divided the site into lost and put them up for sale as well as surrounding property which he divided into small farms.
He said the land was to be sold to African-Americans with preference being given to those from Texas.
He had already erected a building housing a general store and another as a real estate office. A cotton gin was under
He had built a $12,000 house on a nearby hill and was reserving adjoining lots for additional better class homes.
In addition to growing cotton and peanuts, he was going to encourage the growing of vegetables for the Muskogee and Tulsa market.
The 1932 Muskogee City Directory indicated that Thomas was President of the Simmons Royalty Company. He evidently was one of several persons who had become rich in Texas oil fields that J.J. Simmons had brought to this area.
The 1932 City Directory also gives his son Boston Thomas as the proprietor and owner of the THOMAS PHARMACY located on South 2nd Street.