How This Little Girl Became The Richest Black Girl In America – Video


When you think, who is the first person that came to your mind of the first female Billionaire. It must be Madam C.J Walker, also known as Sarah Breedlove. She became a millionaire in 1914, but there was another Sarah who accumulated a lot of wealth in her lifetime, she was Sarah Rector. Sarah Rector was born in 1902 near the town of Taft, in Oklahoma in Indian territory.

Her mother Rose McQueen and her father Joseph Rector was the descendants of Africans which were enslaved by Muscogee Creek Nation Creek Indians, prior to the Civil W-ar. They were entitled to land allotments under the Dawes Allotment Act of 1887.

As a member of Creek Freedmen children, hundreds of African American children were each granted 160 acres of land to form the State of Oklahoma in 1907. The land was divided among the white settlers, Indians and their former bondsman, of which Sarah and her family were also part of them.

The former bondsman received inferior infertile and rocky lands, which was not suitable for farming. The Rector family allotted land was located in the middle of Glenn Pool oil field and has a value of $556.50 at that time.

Since the family was living a simple life, $30 annual property tax became a burden for them. So, their father petitioned the Muskogee County Court for selling the land, but it was declined because of the restrictions on the land. To keep up with the tax payments, her father sold the plot to the Standard Oil Company. Two years later, in 1911, an oil reserve was discovered. An independent oil driller B.B Jones drilled a well on the land, which led to an oil gusher. The driller could harvest 2500 barrels of oil every day and Sarah was able to collect hundreds of dollars per day and began earning $300 per day that is between $11,000 to $15,000 a month.

Due to this, the white people attempted to change her guardianship from her parents and put her into white guardianship, making her white, legally. As a result, her guardianship was turned over to T. J. Porter, a white man. Even after all these issues, Sarah at the age of 18 owned restaurants, stocks, bonds, a bakery, boarding house in Muskogee, Oklahoma and officially become a millionaire with 2,000 acres of land.

Later, NAACP and W.E.B Du Bois became concerned about her welfare, so they got involved in her affair and successfully protected her wealth and well-being. In 1922, Sarah Rector married Kenneth Campbell and owned one of the first Bl-ack-owned auto dealerships. Later, in 1930, she divorces and re-married in 1934. She lost a lot of her wealth during Great sadness and at the age of 65 in 1967, she L-eave this world. At that time, she had some real estate holdings and working oil wells.