A. G. W. Sango

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  • Lawyer
  • Newspaper editor
  • School founder
  • Prominent leader

A. G. W. Sango was a laywer, newspaper editor, school founder, and prominent leader in Muskogee, Oklahoma. He founded a bank, establushed a school, and edited the Muskogee Sun. He started a school for African American students called Sango Baptist College and Industrial Institute.[1] He was a Republican.[2]

He was born near Muskogee a half mile north by the Arkansas River.[3] He received a 160 acre allotment and worked as a teacher.[4]

He organized and led the Creek Citizens Bank and served as treasurer of Sango Baptist College,[5] a school for African American Creek he organized.[6] He welcomed Governor Cox to Oklahoma.[7]

In 1899 and 1900 he served in the Creek Nation's House of Warriors.[8] He was involved in a Court of Claims case.[9] He was photographed at a State Funeral Directors meeting.[10] He served as president of the Muskogee Businessmen's League.[6]

In 1921 he was suspended from practicing law for six months.[11] The ruling repeatedly refers to Sango as a "Colored Attorney" and states he did no legal work for a client he travelled to Washington D.C. to bring back to Oklahoma, helped secure her estate for her, and protected from her husband who sought guardianship and financial control over her. He received the same 6 month suspension as the white lawyer, Vernon K. Vilad, who charged her $5,000 a year for fivr years paid in advance despite doing no legal work for her.[12]


  1. "African-American publishers served community | Local News | muskogeephoenix.com". www.muskogeephoenix.com.
  2. https://pdxscholar.library.pdx.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi%3Farticle%3D1001%26context%3Dportlandinquirer
  3. Washington, Nathaniel Jason (May 4, 1948). "Historical Development of the Negro in Oklahoma". Dexter Publishing Company – via Google Books.
  4. 6https://books.google.com/books?id=c1R2AAAAMAAJ&q=a.g.w.+sango&dq=a.g.w.+sango&hl=en&newbks=1&newbks_redir=0&source=gb_mobile_search&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwilma6zirDwAhUUV80KHZfhDasQ6AEwB3oECAkQAw
  5. "10 Feb 1905, 1 - The Topeka Plaindealer at Newspapers.com". Newspapers.com.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Zellar, Gary (May 4, 2007). "African Creeks: Estelvste and the Creek Nation". University of Oklahoma Press – via Google Books.
  7. "The Tulsa star. [volume] (Tulsa, Okla.) 1913-1921, October 09, 1920, Weekly Mail Edition, Page PAGE SEVEN, Image 7 - Chronicling America - The Library of Congress". chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
  8. "Re: FREEDMEN LEGISLATORS OF THE CREEK NATION 1868-". www.afrigeneas.com.
  9. House, United States Congress (May 4, 1898). "A.G.W. Sango, Administrator. Letter from the Assistant Clerk of the Court of Claims, Transmitting a Copy of the Findings Filed by the Court in the Case of A.G.W. Sango, Administrator of Lewis Moore, Against the United States. March 25, 1898. -- Referred to the Committee on War Claims and Ordered to be Printed". Verlag nicht ermittelbar – via Google Books.
  10. Photographic print of men gathered for State Funeral Directors' meeting, National Museum of African American History and Culture https://nmaahc.si.edu/explore/collection/search?edan_q=*:*&edan_fq[]=place:%22Tulsa%22&edan_fq[]=p.edanmdm.indexedstructured.name:%22Berry%2C+John+E.%22
  11. https://www.google.com/books/edition/The_Pacific_Reporter/qQELAAAAYAAJ?hl=en
  12. Court, Oklahoma Supreme; Green, Edward Bell; Dale, Frank; Burford, John Henry; Williams, Robert Lee; Kane, Matthew John; Parker, Howard; Eaton, Charles Winfield Van; Morgan, Nell C. (May 4, 1921). "Oklahoma Reports: Cases Determined in the Supreme Court of the State of Oklahoma". Harlow publishing Company – via Google Books.

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