The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Opinion

November 5, 2013

Letter: Hidden gem of history

ENID, Okla. — My wife and I had the opportunity to discover an amazing hidden (and often ignored) gem in our community a few weeks ago.

The Leona Mitchell Southern Heights Heritage Center & Museum recently hosted an intertribal pow-wow and gave tours of the exhibit center, which highlights the unique history, settlement and culture of black aboriginal Indians, Freedmen, ethnic pioneer settlers and the Southern Heights area.

While I’ve lived in this community for almost 15 years, I have rarely heard about the museum, and never heard the stories contained in their walls.

Sadly, it appears that the community would like to forget not only the history, but also the museum itself. While other facilities in town receive public, private and government support, the Southern Heights Museum struggles to purchase paint and fix gutters.

I encourage everyone the next time you are at our amazing Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Museum to look south across the street at the house that contains the Southern Heights Museum.

Visit and support them. Learn about an aspect of our community that you may not know.

The museum and the history it contains should not be permitted to be forgotten.

Sean P. Byrne

Enid

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