The Mission The Coltrane Group is dedicated to restoring, documenting, and preserving rich heritage of Oklahoma’s remaining Historic Black Towns, their buildings and their people. We proactively engage in increasing cultural tourism, in strengthening and vigorously promoting the economic development of Oklahoma’s least known treasure — its historical Black towns.
The Vision Although awareness and knowledge of Oklahoma’s Thirteen Historical Black Towns and their history is increasing, most Oklahomans and non-historians across America are unaware of this rich treasure that yet exists. At one time, over fifty incorporated All-Black Towns and communities in Oklahoma were duly recorded, fully viable and thriving. This was and yet remains the largest representation of Black Towns in North America! Through increasing exposure of:
The Boards of The Coltrane Group are manned by highly resourceful, multifaceted, and dedicated stakeholders deeply invested in the future of Oklahoma’s Historic Black towns. Amongst both groups are a Corporate CEO; Community College President; Executive Director, Langston University Foundation; two retired college Vice Presidents; retired National President, Missionary Baptist Church Convention; regional head of The Latter Day Saints; Executive Director, Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses; Tribal Director of Human Resources; Director of Small Town Studios, University of Oklahoma School of Architecture; State Representative; Municipal Judge; retired Historical Architect, National Park Service; retired college professor; retired State Global Manager, Department of Commerce; school district Administrator; Economic Development Commission Chair; Vice Chair, Church Trustees; Clinical Therapist; three Business consultants; daily circular editor; Hospital administrator; Data Analysis Supervisor.