Tulsa in Tulsa County, Oklahoma — The American South (West South Central)
Mary Veasey Leech
In Honor of
In 1913, when Mary Veasey Leech was eight years old, she moved into the house across from the Council Oak Tree. Her father, James Alexander Veasey, taught young Mary about respect for our history and for all people. The pair ensured that the Council Oak was watered daily, hauling buckets of water during dry weather.
Mary successfully fought developers who planned to cut down the Council Oak and build on the sacred site. She shared its story with many visitors. The Council Oak Tree and Stickball Park survive today because of Mary's lifelong love for the tree and the people it represents.
Mary worked in conjunction with Dode McIntosh, the last hereditary chief of the Creeks, when fighting the development of the land on which the Council Oak stands. She and Dode were good friends and it was very important to her to work closely with the tribe.
Erected by Muskogee (Creek) Nation.
Location. 36° 8.16′ N, 95° 59.403′ W. Marker is in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in Tulsa County. Marker is at the intersection of 18th Street and Cheyenne Avenue, on the left when traveling west on 18th Street. Click for map. Marker is at the northwest corner of Stickball Park. Marker is in this post office area: Tulsa OK 74119, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. Creek Stickball Park (a few steps from this marker); Not Just a Ball Game (within shouting distance of this marker); Creek Nation Council Oak Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Elliott Building (approx. 0.9 miles away); The Bridge that Saved Tulsa (approx. 0.9 miles away); First Presbyterian Church Centennial (approx. one mile away); Oklahoma Natural Gas Company Building (approx. one mile away); Pentane (C5H12) Molecular Model (approx. 1.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Tulsa.
Also see . . . Mary Veasey Leech. (Submitted on August 24, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Categories. • Charity & Public Work • Education • Environment • Native Americans •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 283 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.