Topic: Fight For Freedom

John Horse, Wild Cat, Cross-cultural Freedom Partners

“Cross-cultural Freedom Partners” by Linda Cousins-Newton, The Ancestral Storyteller. John Horse (1812 –1882), African & Seminole, Wild Cat (1810 – 1857), Seminole. The great Bahamian folk singer, Ronnie Butler relates in one of his popular numbers, “I know these people long time. These people are mine”; he goes on to musically declare that these people […]

Black and Red Seminoles, A Proud Matriarchal Society

Estilustis and Estecates – Florida’s Black and Red Cowboys, Cattle Herders, and Underground Railroad Conductors of the South. Long before Florida was a U. S. state, it was home to diverse freedom seekers who found refuge from slavery, established thriving communities and prospered on Florida’s frontier. Florida’ original inhabitants were southeastern American Indians who had […]

Dred Scott And His Fight For Freedom (1799 – 1858)

Dred Scott v. Sandford case of 1857 Popularly known as “The Dred Scott Decision” Dred Scott was an enslaved African in the United States who unsuccessfully sued for his freedom and that of his wife and their two daughters in the Dred Scott v. Sandford case of 1857, popularly known as “The Dred Scott Decision”. […]

An Ancient Seminole Christmas Gift: Freedom (1837)

by William Loren Katz adapted from Black Indians: A Hidden Heritage © Atheneum, 2012 revised edition  On Christmas day 1837, the Africans and Native Americans who formed Florida’s Seminole Nation defeated a vastly superior US invading army bent on cracking this early rainbow coalition and returning the Africans to slavery. The Seminole victory stands as a milestone […]
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