Joseph Samuel Murrow (1835-1929) was a founder, first trustee, and benefactor of Indian University, later Bacone College. Born in Georgia, Murrow was baptized and born again as a young man, which resulted in a deep commitment to follow the Great Commission, Christ’s commandment to spread the Gospel; Murrow journeyed west to proselytize to the American Indians and settlers in Indian Territory. He first ministered to the Creeks, then the Seminoles during the Civil War, when Murrow sided with the Confederacy; after the war he founded the town of Atoka in the Choctaw Nation; there he ministered to the Five Civilized Tribes, Western Plains Indians, and white settlers for sixty years. Continue reading Father Murrow→
Charles Journeycake, Chief of the Delawares, a founding Trustee of Indian University, was born in 1817. His mother, Sally Journeycake, converted Charles to Christianity; he was baptized in 1833.
Charles began preaching to the Delawares and other Indian tribes of Kansas in 1837. Journeycake became Chief of the Delawares in 1861, and after the Civil War, led his people from Kansas to Indian Territory. Ordained a Baptist minister in 1872, he became a leading intellectual and preacher among the Delawares and others of northern Oklahoma.