Black History Month Spotlight: “Black Border Warriors”

Black Border Warriors will be screened at Rondo Community Library (461 N Dale St.) on Saturday, February 9, 2019 (3:00PM – 5:00PM). 

"Black Border Warriors" tells the epic story of a unique group of African-Americans, the Black Seminole. It follows their flight from slavery in Georgia and South Carolina to Spanish Florida where they fought against the U.S. in the Seminole Wars. They were subsequently forced to march west to what was called “the Indian Territory “ in Oklahoma, and eventually spent 20-years exiled in Mexico, were they were recruited by the U.S. Army in Texas to form an elite commando unit—the Seminole Negro Indian Scouts—during the Indian Wars in 1870s and 1880s.

The film was recently awarded Best Documentary at the 2018 Black International Cinema Berlin Festival. The documentary was produced by Joseph P. Hill who retired after working more than 20 years as a television journalist. He moved from upstate New York to Saint Paul five years ago to be near his family.

In addition the the books listed in SPPL's collection below, the following list of books was created with the assistance of Mr. Hill and is recommended for those interested in learning more about the Black Seminole Scouts and their history and African Americans in the U.S. Military.

  • Black, Red, and Deadly: Black and Red Gunfighters of the Indian Territory, 1870-1907 (Burton, Arthur T.)
  • Black Warrior Chiefs: A History of the Seminole Negro Indian Scouts (Brown, Coyde I.)
  • The Black Seminole (Porter, Kenneth W.)
  • Florida’s Negro War: Black Seminole and the Second Seminole War 1835-1842 (Dixon, Anthony E.)
  • John Horse: Florida’s First Freedom Fighter (Turso, Betty)
  • Black Indians: A Hidden Heritage (Katz, William Loren)

Black History Month: "Black Border Warriors" Further Reading

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