Posted on 06/09/2018

A Long-overdue Honor for the Historic Seminole Chief

On May 2nd 2018, artist William Franklin was honored at the Oklahoma State Capitol with the unveiling of his commissioned artwork, a portrait of Alice Brown Davis. Alice was the first woman to serve as Chief of the Five Civilized Tribes [Choctaw, Cherokee, Chickasaw, Muscogee(Creek), and Seminole]. She was appointed Chief in July of 1922 by President Warren G. Harding. Her selection as leader of the Seminole people became national – and international - news. Newspapers and radio stations across the US hailed the “Woman Chieftain of the Seminoles” and made the 70 year-old Wewokan a minor celebrity of the Jazz Age.

William was selected to be the artist by Senator Charles Ford and commissioned by Senator A.J. Griffin & the Women of the 56th Legislature. William Franklin was accompanied on this historic occasion by Chief Chilcoat of the Seminole Nation and Miss Seminole Nation. William is now the 33rd artist to have his work on permanent display in the halls of our State Capitol.

Artist William Franklin poses with his portrait of Seminole chief Alice Brown Davis at its unveiling at the Oklahoma State Capitol on May 2, 2018. Artist's photo.