Board Chairwoman/Band Leader
Rhonda received her education in the Oklahoma City public school system, a graduate of Douglass High school. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Central Oklahoma in 1991.
In her professional career, Rhonda manages a large department for a Fortune 100 corporation where she has been employed for the past twenty-four years in the Oklahoma City market.
She enjoys family research and is passionate about the history and plight of the African Indian people. Because of the influence of her grandfather, Mitchell Grayson, Rhonda has always been keenly aware of her African Creek and Chickasaw ancestry. Her grandfather spoke often of his grandmother, Adeline Boxley-Grayson, and the fact that she only spoke the Creek language and attended the Creek Indian Church.
Creek roll number 4661,
great grandmother of
Rhonda’s great grandmother, America Cohee, was an original Dawes Enrollee of Creek Nation; she received 160 acres of land; her roll number was 4661. America Cohee was reared in Breaden, Oklahoma; received education in the Indian Territory school system in Bearden, Oklahoma. Rhonda’s forefather Toney Hawkins was born around 1790 in the old Creek Country. In addition, her forefather, Peter Wolf, was a Loyal Creek Freedmen refugee listed on the loyal Creek payment roll.
Little did Rhonda know her casual family research would embark upon a laborious journey of advocating for the rights of African Creek people. A journey that would open doors for her to exercise the privilege of helping to serve and assist in preserving the history of the Creek Freedmen.
Rhonda has chaired numerous Freedmen conferences and cultural events from 2004 to the present that has attracted academics, world-renowned scholars, anthropologists, authors, and historians from across the globe.
In 2010 Rhonda spearheaded a traveling exhibit project with a mission to educate people about the extraordinary history of the Creek Freedmen.
The exhibit has been featured at the Five Civilized tribe’s museum, Africa West, Oklahoma Black Museum, Oklahoma Metro Library System, African American Genealogical Interest Group (Dallas Tx), Congressional Black Caucus convention (Washington D.C.), Seminole Nation Museum, and the Broken Arrow Museum where Rhonda created over 75 new exhibit pieces to present the extraordinary history of the Creek Freedmen.
The July 2022 exhibit at the Broken Arrow Museum attracted visitors near and far from Georgia, TN, AZ, TX, etc.; Julie Brown, the Executive Director of the BAM, states that the exhibit hit record-breaking attendance with 185+ people in attendance at the opening reception on July 9, 2022. With visitors pouring in daily into the museum’s July temporary exhibit, the exhibit has continued to bring in more guests daily than any other temporary exhibit in the Museum of Broken Arrow history! Don’t miss out on the opportunity to learn about the fascinating history of the Muscogee Creek Indian Freedmen! Help us become a museum. Consider donating to this great cause. https://www.paypal.com/donate/?hosted_button_id=EV3Q5YREKYRR4
Rhonda desires that the world will have access to educational programs that accurately reflect the history of the Freedmen. The goal is a permanent museum to tell the untold stories and history of the Creek Freedmen.
Family surnames: Grayson, Cohee, Williams, Thompson, Webster, Boxley, Simpson, Fowler, Bennett, Spencer, Wolf, Carolina, Island, Hawkins, Watson, and McIntosh.
|Muscogee Creek Indian Freedmen Band Board Members|
|Muscogee Creek Indian Freedmen Band Board members : Sharon Lenzy – Scott , Rhonda Grayson , Jeffrey D. Kennedy|