Searching for Sarah Rector: The Richest Black Girl in America
by Tonya Bolden
Grades 4 & up
I learned quite a bit reading this book. I had no idea that Native Americans owned African American slaves, or that they took them with when the tribes were forced to move west. I also didn’t know that with the Emancipation Proclamation these slaves were considered part of the Native American tribes and thus given land grants along with the rest of the tribal members. This tells the story of one such girl, Sarah Rector, a Creek freedman, when oil was discovered on her acreage. Her 12% take of the oil earnings made her very wealthy. An interesting look at lesser known story from the westward expansion of the United States and the discovery of oil in Oklahoma. Recommended to grades 4 & up.