“The Sawners of Chandler: A Pioneering Power Couple in Pre-Civil Rights Oklahoma”


On this edition of ST, an interesting discussion with Hannibal B. Johnson, the Tulsa-based attorney, local historian, and prolific author. He joins us to talk about his newest book, which is just out: “The Sawners of Chandler: A Pioneering Power Couple in Pre-Civil Rights Oklahoma.” As is noted of this compelling and eye-opening book at Mr. Johnson’s website: “Juxtaposed against the grim realities of black life at the turn of the twentieth century, the lives of George and Lena Sawner shone like the blazing sun on an oven-hot August day in Oklahoma. Educated, professional, and economically stable — well-off by most standards — the Sawners lived the American dream, accompanied, periodically, by nightmarish reminders of the realities of race. The couple owned a home, rental property, stocks,…

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