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.