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State briefs: Leaders of historically black towns to be honored

A recent photo of the Boley Farmers and Merchants Bank building. [Mike Kertok]
A recent photo of the Boley Farmers and Merchants Bank building. [Mike Kertok]


Leaders of historically black towns to be honored

Leaders from historically black towns of Oklahoma will be honored during the Historic Black Towns Honors 13 banquet at 7 p.m. Feb. 6 at Quail Creek Golf and Country Club, 3501 Quail Creek Road. The banquet was originally planned for October but had to be rescheduled.

The event is sponsored by the Coltrane Group, which has a mission of preserving and revitalizing the 13 remaining historically black towns in Oklahoma. Andre L. and Jessilyn Hall Head, who founded the nonprofit, said their goal is to “record the rich history and heritage of the present and past residents, restore and preserve feasible buildings and revitalize economic development and cultural tourism.”

Outstanding volunteers will be honored from among the towns of Brooksville, Boley, Clearview, Grayson, Langston, Lima, Redbird, Rentiesville, Summit, Taft, Tatums, Tulahassee and Vernon.

The Build-a-Brick Walkway Campaign for the Farmers and Merchants Bank of Boley also will be launched on the night of the banquet.

Tickets for the banquet are $70 each and available by calling the Coltrane Group at 206-948-8852 or 206-949-5012 or going to


SWOSU to host summer STEAM camp

Oklahoma seventh-grade students have the opportunity to experience a science, technology, engineering, arts/humanities and mathematics (STEAM) camp this summer at Southwestern Oklahoma State University.

This is the third year of the Southwest Alliance for Girls’ Enrichment in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts/Humanities and Mathematics (SAGE STEAM) Camp, planned June 7-13.

Teacher nominations for 50 camp slots will be accepted until Jan. 28. The nomination form and more information are available at

According to camp director Lisa Appeddu, the camp is geared toward students — especially girls — who might have limited access to STEAM-related activities.

For more information, contact SAGE-STEAM camper and family coordinator Adina Foust at 580-774-3105 or

Staff reports