African-Native American Genealogy Forum
Voices of Indian Territory
I just wanted to share with you the joy I got from purchasing and reading my copy of the Voices of Indian Territory you published. I have to say I could not put it down when I received it. You and your staff are to be praised for the fine contribution to the history of the freedmen.
I was particularly curious about the list of leaders mentioned in one article. Although I have seen some of their names before, it was surprising to learn that so many men were active leaders of the Choctaw and Chickasaw freedmen community.
I hope in future issues you will be able to tell us more about these remarkable men and their personal stories. It seems for most of us who descend from the freedmen we rarely discover who the leaders were, especially in the Chickasaw Nation. Much of the history we hear is about the leaders who appeared during the Dawes enrollment, but since the date of this document is in 1868 I feel it is important to see how the community was organized and who the leaders were.
A few of the names I would like to know more about are King Blue, Jack Blue, Richard Stevenson, Watson Brown, Isaac Alexander, Dick Brashears, Henry Kemp and all of the Colbertís. I know this is a lot to ask but I think these men need to be written about all 42 from what I counted. If you Terry and Tonia are able to talk about this or anything else in the journal Iím sure we could learn more about this wonderful history and source.
Again, my sincere thanks and appreciation for the new publication please let me know when the next issue comes out so I can continue learning more about this amazing history of our people.