Dec. 9, 1832
On Dec. 9, 1832, Rev. Alfred Wright (March 1, 1788 - March 31, 1853) founded the Wheelock Church in Indian Territory. A Presbyterian minister and missionary to the Choctaw in Mississippi since 1821, Rev. Wright and his wife, Harriett Bunce Wright (Sept. 19, 1779 - Oct. 3, 1863), decided to move with the Choctaws in 1832 when they were forcibly removed to Indian Territory (now Oklahoma). The church was the first part of the large Wheelock Mission, which included a school. Harriett Wright was one of the original two teachers at the school.