In 1993 I had the opportunity to visit a gentleman I had heard about in a Black History Video about the Freedmen of Indian Territory. An elder gentleman, descendant of Creek Freedmen was interested in representing his history and his own family ties to the Muskogee Creek Freedmen.
His name was Napoleon Davis of Taft Oklahoma. He lived on his property in Taft and had for many years wanted to created a shrine honoring his ancestors, the Creek Freedmen. In 1990 Mr. Davis was interviewed by a Washington DC journalist, who is also a Cherokee Freedmen. In that particular documentary, the history of the people enslaved in Indian Territory was featured. The documentary ended with the words of Mr. Davis who was at that time constructing his shrine to the Creek Freedmen. His goal, he stated was to honor them and thereby perhaps representing something that his ancestors may have wanted to say, but could not say.
Two years later, on a visit to Oklahoma, I gave a presentation at the Rudisill Library in Tulsa Oklahoma. A woman was there, who lived in Checotah, and I mentioned that I had heard about the shrine being built, and she immediately pointed out that Mr. Davis was her cousin. She offered to take me there, which I shall be forever grateful. A few days later, we met at her home in Checotah, and off we went to Taft, to visit the site.
Approaching his property across the fields one can see the structure. Not until one gets to the site, can one see the marble walls that announce what the structure actually is.
A round almost cone shaped roots stands in the middle of the property with flag at the entrance. As the driveway goes to the front of the building the actual shape can be seen.