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Oklahoma Credit Unions help commission a piece of artwork for Oklahoma Capitol
Thursday, March 31, 2016 7:00 AM


Oklahoma credit unions were honored last week in the chamber of the Oklahoma State Senate for their assistance in commissioning a new piece of artwork to be prominently displayed in the capitol rotunda.  

Last fall, Senator Dan Newberry was asked to lead fundraising efforts to help create a new painting depicting part of Oklahoma’s unique history. Newberry, also a member of the management team at TTCU The Credit Union in Tulsa, approached Oklahoma Association President, Nate Webb, to see if Oklahoma credit unions would be interested in assisting with the project. Within 48 hours, 7 credit unions stepped up and pledged the entire ten thousand needed for the project.

The new work is of Bass Reeves, the first black lawman of the old west.  A former slave, Reeves escaped into Indian Territory (now Oklahoma) where he was eventually appointed a U.S. Marshall.

The painting, created by artist Wayne Cooper, now hangs in the second floor rotunda of the Oklahoma Capitol building. The display includes a plaque with the names of the seven Oklahoma credit unions that made the project possible. Specifically, TTCU The Credit Union, Weokie, Communications FCU, Oklahoma Central, Green Country FCU, Truity and Bison FCU.