Leona Mitchell Southern Heights Heritage Center & Museum
The Leona Mitchell Southern Heights Heritage Center & Museum serves as an educational cultural exhibit center that highlights the unique history, settlement and culture of black aboriginal Indians, Freedmen, ethnic pioneer settlers and their descendants. One of Enid's best kept secrets, this museum is named in honor of Leona Mitchell, a black Chickasaw benefactor, international opera singer and Enid resident. This museum is situated along the old Chisholm Trail in the former Cherokee outlet that was owned by Cherokee Freedmen and autonomous bands prior to the 1893 settlement by the Boomers.
The Leona Mitchell Southern Heights Heritage Center & Museum highlights tribal affiliations as well as cultural items and articles particular to the indigenous pre-settlement inhabitants of Oklahoma. This Enid museum focuses on Native Americans with African ancestry, including information about their economic, socio-political history, micro-ethnic culture and autonomy among the tribes. At the Leona Mitchell Southern Heights Heritage Center & Museum, lectures, performances, entertainment, arts and crafts, exhibitions and special collections supplement the museum's permanent collections. The museum takes great pride in presenting the story of ethnic Native Americans, black Indians and Freedmen from pre-history to present day.
Come to this Enid museum to view the Leona Mitchell Collection as well as a variety of permanent exhibits. Visitors to the Leona Mitchell Southern Heights Heritage Center & Museum will enjoy a photo exhibit on the ethnic Indians of the Americas, a collection detailing the Freedmen of the Five Civilized Tribes, genealogical research collections, wood carvings, paintings and the Booker T. Washington and Carver School Collection. Other exhibits include collections on African Land Run pioneers, black service organization history and territorial marriages.