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Oklahoma City @ 125: The shape of things to come

by William Crum Published: March 30, 2014
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The arts would not have been the same in the 20th century without the contributions of Oklahoma City residents such as Ralph Ellison and Charlie Christian.

• In November 1914, civil rights giant Roscoe Dunjee publishes the first issue of The Black Dispatch newspaper in Deep Deuce.

• The Oklahoma City Police Department forms its first automobile patrol units in 1915.

• In 1916, OKC-raised jazz guitar legend Charlie Christian is born in Texas. His best friends would include singer Jimmy Rushing and author Ralph Ellison.

Source: City of Oklahoma City

Oklahoma City is marking its 125th anniversary with 125 facts about the city’s history.

by William Crum
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OU and Norman High School graduate, formerly worked as a reporter and editor for the Associated Press, the Star Tribune in Minneapolis, and the Norman Transcript. Married, two children, lives in Norman.
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