Wadley, Marie : Five Civilized Tribes Museum co-founder passes on

Muskogee, Oklahoma (AP) 10-09

A co-founder of the Five Civilized Tribes Museum in Muskogee has died.

Marie Wadley passed away Sept. 23 at her home at the age of 102. Funeral services were held Sept. 25 at St. Paul Methodist Church in Muskogee.

Officials say Wadley worked to get a bill introduced in Congress in the 1950s that established the museum in the Union Agency, a building constructed in 1875 by the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

After President Dwight Eisenhower signed the measure, she became the first president of the museum, which houses art and artifacts from the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek and Seminole tribes.

Wadley was born in Pensacola, Indian Territory, on Dec. 16, 1906, before Oklahoma was a state.

She worked 42 years for the BIA before retiring in 1967.