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Route 66: the Untold Story of Women on the Mother Road

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A younger generation has an opportunity to learn more about Luther’s Elizabeth Threatt, the long-time educator and owner of the Threatt Filling Station. Mrs. Threatt taught many generations of Luther school children over the course of her 40-year career, and many more knew her at the station she ran with her husband’s family on Route 66. Now, her legacy is remembered as part of a documentary series, Route 66: The Untold Story of Women on the Mother Road.

The documentary creators will be in Oklahoma City for a special presentation and are inviting students and Girl Scouts to attend the event in collaboration with Preservation Oklahoma and the Threatt Filling Station Foundation.

Read More about Elizabeth Threatt.

Elizabeth Hilton Threatt
  • Route 66: The Untold Story of Women on the Mother Road
  • Saturday, Nov. 4, 2023, 2 PM
  • The Carriage House at the Overholser Mansion, 405 NW 15th St, Oklahoma City
  • Free admission
  • Register at director@preservationok.org
  • Sponsored by Preservation Oklahoma, Oklahoma Route 66 Association, and the Preserve Route 66 Grant Fund of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

The film series explores how women overcame segregation and gender discrimination to build fulfilling lives for themselves and generations to come on America’s most beloved road. This special event focuses on how Black travelers and entrepreneurs navigated segregation on Route 66 and also examines how other racialized groups survived challenges on Route 66.

The Threatt Family is restoring the Threatt Filling Station, located on the corner of Route 66 and County Line Road. It’s the only filling station known to have been owned and operated by Black Americans during segregation on Route 66. Family members will participate in a panel discussion during the event on Saturday, November 4, 2023, at 2 PM at The Carriage House of the Henry and Annal Overholser Mansion, 405 NW 15, Oklahoma City, OK 73103.

The event is free and will offer refreshments. Register by emailing: director@preservationok.org.

The presentation is made possible with support from Preservation Oklahoma, the Oklahoma Route 66 Association, and the Preserve Route 66 Grant Fund of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Registration in advance is encouraged. For more information about the Route 66 Women project, visit www.route66women.com.


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