Oklahoma History Center
West Indian Territory

Douglas, located nine miles northeast of Wynnewood, opened in March of 1906. The advertisement for the new town claimed, 'Douglas is an ideal location, in a rich farming country, timber, water, plenty to make a town attractive. Now is the time for the Negro to get him a home.'

African American Freedmen settled Homer, on Wild Horse Creek in Chickasaw Nation. In the late 20th century, these settlers farmed mostly corn and cotton, and had their own church house and farmhouse. Buck Franklin, the father of historian John Hope Franklin, was born near this village. It had a post office at the turn of the century.