The Long Road To Liberty

Celebrate Oklahoma’s African American history by exploring the individuals, landmarks, historic towns, restaurants and more that impacted the state’s African American legacy and cultural heritage.

Bill Pickett's Grave Site

Tulsa City-County African-American Resource Center

Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame

Farmers & Merchants Bank

Fort Gibson Historic Site & Interpretative Center

Oklahoma Black Museum & Performing Arts Center

Deep Deuce Historic District

Fort Sill National Historic Landmark & Museum

Boley Historical Museum

Down Home Blues Club & OK Blues Hall of Fame

Greenwood Cultural Center

John Hope Franklin Reconciliation Park

Historic Fort Reno

The Verden Separate School

Greenwood Historical District

Boley Historic District

Honey Springs Battlefield Historic Site

Melvin B. Tolson Black Heritage Center

Fort Supply Historic Site

Beulah Land Cemetery

Langston University

Three Rivers Museum

Mabel B Little Heritage House Museum

Okmulgee Downtown Historic District

Leona Mitchell Southern Heights Heritage Center & Museum

Citizen's Cemetery

Evelyn's Soul Food

Bobo's Chicken

Aja Bleu Café

McCormick's Grill

Mama E's Wings & Waffles

Smokehouse Bob's Bar-B-Q

Florence's Restaurant

Massey's BBQ

John & Cook's Real Pit Bar-B-Que


Booker T. Washington called Boley, "the most enterprising and in many ways the most interesting" of all-black towns in the country.


The Banneker School in Brooksville was an important institution for George W. McLaurin and many other black Oklahomans.


Originally named Lincoln, then briefly called Abelincoln, the town of Clearview began as a prosperous railway settlement.


Formerly known as Wildcat, Grayson was named after a Creek Chief and had an early population of Creek Freedmen.


The influence of Langston University and the Langston City Herald helped Langston thrive during the Depression when most small towns failed.


Named for the local limestone quarries, the town of Lima found prosperity with the discovery of the Greater Seminole Oil Field in 1926.

Red Bird

In 1939, Red Bird mayor I.W. Lane successfully challenged an Oklahoma law before the U.S. Supreme Court that limited black voting in Wagoner County.


Founded in 1904, Rentiesville was home to legendary bluesman D.C. Minner and pioneering black historian John Hope Franklin


Once known as South Muskogee, Summit got its name by being the highest point between the Arkansas and North Canadian Rivers.


Taft was home to many important African-American schools, such as the Halochee Institute and the W.T. Vernon School.


An early African American movie studio filmed a 1927 movie here called Black Gold, which starred the town’s founder Marshal L.B. Tatums.


Tullahassee is considered the oldest surviving all-black town in Oklahoma and was home to Flipper Davis College.


Like many all-black towns, Vernon benefitted from the Rosenwald Fund, which helped build its first public school.

Mr. Sprigg's Real PIt Bar-B-Q

Historic Black Towns
Soul Food

Explore Oklahoma's African American Legacy