Tag Archives: Oklahoma

Dec. 27, 1907: Oklahoma Lynching — A Grim Record for New State

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. Dec. 27, 1907 Henryetta, Okla., by the Associated Press A little more than a month after Oklahoma achieved statehood, James Garden became a wretched statistic: the first black to be lynched there. … Continue reading

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Oklahoma’s Executioner: Rich Owens

Note: This is an encore post that originally appeared in 2006. Ray Parr’s story about Rich Owens, the longtime executioner at McAlester State Penitentiary, has been knocking around my home office for ages, passed along by a former co-worker many … Continue reading

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July 16, 1947: L.A. County Tired of Paying Welfare, Pays Brink Family to Go Back to Oklahoma

Note: This is an encore post from 2005 and originally appeared on the 1947project. Sojourn Over—James Brink and his wife and their nine children as they prepared to depart yesterday for their Oklahoma ranch after spending two and a half … Continue reading

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