OKLAHOMA CITY (10/26/15)--When tasked with funding artwork to commemorate a piece of Oklahoma’s history on the halls of the state Capitol building, Sen. Dan Newberry (R-Tulsa) chose to enlist the help of the state’s credit union movement.
Every 12 years, a state senator is tasked with raising money to fund a painting that reflects a chapter of Oklahoma’s unique history (Leaguer Oct. 23).
Newberry looked to credit unions to help his campaign, and within 48 hours the senator had generated enough funds to create the painting.
While seven credit unions contributed to the effort, the three to contribute the most received original copies of the painting. The credit unions were Communication FCU, Oklahoma City; TTCU The CU, Tulsa; and WEOKIE CU, Oklahoma City.
The other four credit unions to participate were Oklahoma Central CU, Tulsa; Truity CU, Bartlesville; Green Country FCU, Sand Springs; and Bison FCU, Shawnee.
The painting, which will be unveiled in the Senate chambers in February, is of former U.S. Deputy Bass Reeves. Reeves was the first black U.S. Deputy Marshal west of the Mississippi River and one of the greatest frontier heroes in U.S. history (Leaguer).
Reeves, the son of slaves, was famous for rounding up outlaws across the Oklahoma range.