Green I. Currin
to enlarge |Artist: Timothy C. Tyler
Sponsor: Mr. and Mrs. Russell Perry
Dedication: February 28, 2007
Size: 24" x 30"
Type: Oil on Canvas
Location: 4th floor,
North hall, House wing
Green I. Currin was the first
African American to serve in the Oklahoma territorial legislature. He was
born October 20, 1842, in Williamson County, Tennessee. Following
emancipation, he lived in Nashville until he joined the great
westward movement. By 1877, he lived in Kansas, eventually
establishing himself as a lawman in Topeka.
Currin staked a claim in the
Land Run of 1889 in Kingfisher County, Oklahoma Territory. With the support of Republican
voters, he was one of five delegates elected to the House
of Representatives from Kingfisher County. On August
27, 1890, Green I. Currin took his seat in the First Session
of the Legislative Assembly of Oklahoma Territory. He
introduced the first civil rights legislation in the territory
but it was defeated.
After one term in the legislative
assembly, he served as Deputy United States Marshal and
was appointed to the Colored Agricultural and Normal
University (Langston) Board of Regents in 1897. Currin and his wife Caroline
had five children. Green I. Currin died at his home
in Dover on October 21, 1918.
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