Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Worldess Wednesday: Sugar George Gravesite, Creek Freedman Leader

Resting place of Sugar T. George, Creek Freedmen Leader
Old Agency Cemetery, Muskogee Oklahoma, abandoned and neglected burial site of Muskogee Creek Freedmen.

Hopefully someday descendants of leaders buried in this burial site will work to restore this historic place.


Terry said...

Angela as I look at this image of Sugar George's burial site I'm struck by how repetitive the destruction is among the sacred sites of Indian Territory Freedmen.

Having recently visited a similar site (Brazille Cemetery) and experiencing first hand the amount of work necessary too bring these sites back is truly mind blowing.

As you know there are some efforts among the Choctaw and Chickasaw Freedmen Descendants to reclaim our heritage by organizing to clean up these sacred burial sites but the task requires some serious networking and personal responsibility of the descendants of these men and women.

Most are located in rural areas where many of the descendants may have moved away. Also the state of Oklahoma for some "unknown" reason the does not appear to embrace and preserve the history of all of it's people, especially the history of those enslaved by the Five Tribes.

Perhaps a letter writing campaign to the governor, state legislature, and the tribes can be "persuaded" to become involved in the preservation effort?

Clearly something should be done, the question is what and by whom?

Mary Matthews said...

This breaks my heart! Please tell us how to mobilize and create a way to assist with preserving and protecting these sites! And thank you, Angela, for bringing attention to the resting place of great heros.