I am finding that the history of Oklahoma's all-Black communities is extremely interesting. So I was excited this morning when I was driving through the country on one of my aimless wanderings and came upon the town of Taft. It's not too far from Muskogee ("I'm Proud to be an Okie from Muskogee...), and like the town of Boley I visited the other day, there's almost nothing left of Taft -- a few homes, but no commerce whatsoever. They do, however, have a great "Welcome to..." sign, which shows that the remaining citizens are still very proud of their community. There is also a historic marker which told me that it's the home of the first African American Woman Mayor in the USA, Leila Foley Davis. That's pretty special, I thought!
I think it's cool that Ms Davis became the first female black mayor, but I learned much more by reading this fascinating article. It seems that a little bit of notariety came to Taft back in the late '70s, when comedian Redd Foxx came to town. Read it, you'll love it. http://www.batesline.com/archives/2010/04/redd-foxx-taft-police-chief.html
I also found this excellent website -- http://tinyurl.com/8xfke9q -- which talks about the town and gives a good explanation of the why and where of the establishment of the black communities. Route 66 travelers might be interested in side trips to some of these historic towns.