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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Black History Month: Sarah Rector

It’s a big deal to be a Black woman and a millionaire. It was an even bigger deal to earn the distinction in 1912 when Rector, who was born into the Creek Indian Nation, received a land allotment from the U.S. government. Turns out that piece of property was rich with crude oil, making Sarah Rector an instant millionaire when she was still just a child and a local celebrity in her Kansas City, Miss., community. Aside from being the object of many a suitor’s attention and a flashy media personality once she retained legal access to her wealth at age 21, she became the second Black female millionairess in the nation.

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