Rentiesville: All-Black Town Founded in 1903 in Oklahoma

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Rentiesville was an all-black town founded in 1903 in Oklahoma. The community was developed on twenty acres of land owned by William Rentie and another twenty acres owned by Phoebe McIntosh.

Rev. N. A. Robinson, I. J. Foster, W. D. Robinson, and Rentie organized the townsite company with Robinson serving as president. J. J. Hudson opened the first mercantile business and became the first postmaster when the post office opened on May 11, 1904.

The town had five businesses and as many as eighty children were enrolled in the local school. F.P Brinson was elected as the first town mayor. William Rentie served as the town’s only lawman.
One night in 1908, Rentie arrested Garfield Walker for drunkenness and disorderly conduct. It was during this time, Walker shot and killed Rentie as revenge for the arrest. This took the only marshal and principal founder of the town. The community recovered from the tragedy and went on to open and operate thriving businesses.

By the late 1930s, the population dwindled to 154, and the 1990 census reported 66 residents. A population boom occurred, with 102 residents by 2000 and 128 by 2010. The site of the Civil War battle of Honey Springs is only a half-mile east of town.

 

sources:

http://www.okhistory.org/publications/enc/entry.php?entry=RE027

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