While more than 50 all-Black towns have been established in Oklahoma over the years, Tatums is one of only 13 still in existence. The Tatums Post Office was established in 1895 by Lee Tatum. He and his wife, Mary, would go on to establish a grocery store for the community within their home.
Tatums residents soon saw an economic windfall through the 1920s as oil wells were drilled across the area. The town was also home to a hotel, garage, churches and schools through the first half of the 20th century. A feature film was shot in Tatums in 1927 that featured a Black cast and several locals, but the original film “Black Gold” has since been lost to time.
Tatums remains one of the smallest towns in Carter County but is still home to ranchers and farmers.
At a Glance
Government Type: Board of Trustees (3 members)
Regular meeting schedule: 2nd Tuesday of each month, 6 p.m.
Regular meeting location: 6672 State Highway 7\
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