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Places and Faces: Seminole Indian Scout Cemetery Association

Whew! It has been a whirlwind summer and things are very busy behind the scenes here at The Digitorian. Again, I offer the humblest of apologies for not providing regular updates but competing personal and academic demands have unfortunately placed virtual blogging rather low on my ever-expanding list of priorities.

With the preamble out of the way, I’d like to bring some attention to an incredible story and outstanding non-profit group that I recently discovered, while writing a recent article for In performing research on the history of U.S. Special Operations Forces, I discovered a frequently overlooked story, lost to realm of antiquarians and academic historians. The U.S. Army, while combating recalcitrant Amerindians in the Southwest, once employed a very elite group of Black Seminole Indian Scouts in their efforts to pacify the Great Plains. These unique people were previously displaced from Florida, due to the Indian Removal Act of 1830, but later fought on behalf of the U.S. Government across Indian Territory, Texas, and parts of New Mexico.

One of the main sources I used in conducting this research was the Seminole Indian Scout Cemetery Association, a non-profit organization based out of Brackettville, Texas. Their self-described mission is to:

[M]aintain the cemetery, where our ancestors are buried, and to raise awareness about the Four Medal of Honor Recipients that have been laid to rest there. We also continue to restore and preserve the Historic Carver School Building and Grounds. This building was used by the black Seminoles during segregation. We strive to keep our legacy alive.

In addition to the many community events and fundraisers they orchestrate each year, the SISCA also has a wonderful website. Several digitized photos and source documents are available in their virtual museum, along with a colorful history about the Seminole Negro Scouts and the cemetery they maintain.

I could ramble on forever but just do yourself a favor and go check-out their website when time permits. It’s a powerful story and a rich piece of American history worth any digital history buff’s time and attention.

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