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Re: Cemetaries for Chickasaw & Choctaw Freedman?

Greetings Norma,

I don't know the exact name of the cemetary, but after visiting Hamm's website I found there was only one listed by the name of Jehovah so making an "educated" guess, I would think this is the name.

Perhaps you contact one of your relatives that still reside in the area to get this corroborated. I would also suggest you and others with connection there you should make contact with the church and it's congregation to get more history on the church, the people buried there and most importantly, the descendants of the freedmen who remain in the area.

I would suspect there are memebers who have significant oral history to share and to date, we have done little to preserve this history for future generations. Oklahoma will be celebrating it centennial in 2007 and in my opinion those people interned at Jehovah, Berwin, Hickory and other sites should have their remains protected as sacred burial grounds similar to the program for "Native Americans."

In a sense many buried in these sites are in fact Native Americans but will be discussed and remembered differently as "Blacks", "African Americans" and you know the drill.

All of this interest in the cemetaries in nice, but what purpose does it serve if these sites are plowed over as could happen to the Hickory site? Hickory cemetary lies within the property of a family I'm not familiar with and should the owner die, and the property sold, the cemetary could conceivably be destroyed for housing or farm land.

Again, we see people other than "freedmen" descendants showing more interest in preserving these sites than the descendants themselves. What is wrong with this picture?

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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