Instructor Spotlight: Ron Graham

Lecture: Beginning Native American Research

RONALD GRAHAM SR. was born and raised in Okmulgee, OK. He graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1982, and attended Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College in Miami, OK and Langston University. He is the son of Theodore (Blue) Graham, roll number Newborn Freedmen 671, and maternal grandson of Phyllis Johnson, Minor Freedmen 124, both were original allottees. He’s also direct descendants of: Hutton/Grayson, Corbray, and McGilbray. All were Muscogee (Creek) Nation citizens.


Mr. Graham currently serves as Genealogy Chair for the Descendants of Freedmen of the Five Civilized Tribes Association, and Vice President of the Black Genealogy Research Group of Oklahoma. Also, former President of the NAACP, Okmulgee, OK County Branch and past President of the Muscogee Creek Indian Freedmen Band. He has been involved with genealogy and history of the Freedmen/Black Indians in Indian Territory/Oklahoma for over 30 years. Mr. Graham has been featured or referenced in many publications, and has given numerous Freedmen presentations. He has also traveled to: Washington DC; New York City; Cincinnati, Ohio; Los Angeles, CA; Atlanta, GA; Tuskegee, AL and other various places to educate people about the Freedmen’s plight.


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