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Red Bird Jail

Red Bird Jail

Location Class:
Built: 1930's | Abandoned: 1950's
Historic Designation: African American Heritage Site
Status: Abandoned
Photojournalist: Emily Cowan

Red Bird is one of thirteen surviving all-black towns in Oklahoma. While little is known about a lot of the Red Bird Jail and others they are so fun to get and explore! This jail was built sometime in the 1930s and discontinued in the 1950s after the last two occupants escaped by chipping away the crudely cemented roof.
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Emily Cowan

Emily is a two-time published author of "Abandoned Oklahoma: Vanishing History of the Sooner State" and "Abandoned Topeka: Psychiatric Capital of the World". With over two hundred published articles on our websites. Exploring since 2018 every aspect of this has become a passion for her. From educating, fighting to preserve, writing, and learning about history there is nothing she would rather do.

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