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Lunch and Learn: “Robert M. Jones: A Choctaw Millionaire in the American South, 1808–1873”

June 20, 12 p.m.

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The State Historic Preservation Office will hold a Lunch and Learn webinar about “Robert M. Jones: A Choctaw Millionaire in the American South, 1808–1873” on June 20 at noon. Presenter Dr. Jeff Fortney will delve into the complex figure of Robert M. Jones, a Choctaw man who became one of the South’s wealthiest individuals through his involvement in slavery, commerce, and land acquisition during the 19th century. Jones’s life and career during Indian Removal, rebuilding in Indian Territory, the Civil War, and Reconstruction will be explored to gain insights into the intertwined histories of the Choctaw Nation and capitalism in the South.

Jones was both a highly successful businessman and Choctaw nationist, yet his legacy is complex since much of his wealth was amassed through the exploitation of enslaved African Americans. By highlighting his role in the Choctaw Nation’s economic development, politics, and social relations, this research presents a nuanced portrait of a figure who was both a benefactor to his nation and a deeply flawed individual.

Questions and discussion are welcomed.

Register for the webinar.


June 20
12 p.m.
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