|The brick pioneer monument sits in front of Morrison Hall on the left, and the Mt.|
Zion Church is on the right.
|Soldier Abraham Lincoln, Co. E, 53 U.S.C.Inf.,|
a member of the U.S. Colored Infantry
That's when I finally figured out that I was in a former "Black town" in Kingfisher County, Oklahoma. Oklahoma was home to a number of all-Black towns. While there are lists of Oklahoma's All-Black towns, Dunbar or Morrison are not listed. In fact, I had trouble finding out much about it online. Dunbar was part of a cluster of All-Black towns in Kingfisher County, further west than most of the well-known communities. Looking at the Tulsa Library's map of Oklahoma's All-Black Towns, it was nearest the marker for Columbia. Update: You'll find another map linked from the All Black Towns of Oklahoma page at the Tulsa Historical Society. Dunbar was north of the marker for Lincoln.
The most substantive record online about Dunbar is at the Geochaching site, which includes this description of the town:
Dunbar was a Negro community for many years. This [geocache] is not really where the townsite was located, but is where the school was. The school was known for its agricultural program, particularly livestock, and students took many prizes in the shows. After intergration, the school was closed and the students, went to Lacey, Drummond and Hennessey. The building was sold and torn down.From reading the pioneer monument between the church and Morrison Hall, it seems that a religious order played a role in the community.
The cemetery is still in active use today, so I am sure that the families associated with it have more information about Dunbar and Morrison, but it's just not online.
|From the grave stone of Robert Tutt:|
"A man who, by his honesty and fair dealings,
earned the goodwill and respect of his
neighbors and has advanced the cause of
his race among all people."
Jan 2021: Some updates from "Roaming Ryan" on Facebook:
Dunbar school site (foundation and ruins)
Dunbar Church (interior pictures)
Dunbar Morrison House (interior pictures)