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Sumter County’s Historical Black Seminole Community Of Peliklikaha

Destroyed by the US army in 1836, Peliklikaha was possibly the largest community of free blacks and run away slaves in Spanish and early US territorial Florida. The community spawned two internationally known figures, Abraham, the sense bearer of Micanopy, and Juan Caballo (John Horse), who led survivors of the community on a long journey to freedom in Mexico. Learn about the Maroon culture of Peliklikaha and the descendants of this community who became known as the Black Seminoles who still live in Florida, Mexico, Oklahoma and the Bahamas.

Exactly one year ago, Lake Sumter State College celebrated Florida’s 500th year anniversary by hosting a speaking event of two Seminole elders, Willie Johns and John Griffin. Hear both talk about the experiences of being a Seminole.

Part 1 – Willie Johns – Ah-Tah-Thi Ki Museum

Part 2 – John Griffin of the Black Seminoles

 

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Dennis Partridge is the owner of AccessGenealogy, a website continuously published since 1999. It’s crowning achievement is in providing Native American researchers an avenue for research online. With partnerships between it and Fold3, Native American data has finally been provided to the masses electronically. Dennis is a husband and father of three children and presently lives in Columbus, Georgia. He descends from the Greenia family of Swanton and Highgate Vermont known French/Metis/Abenaki settlements which currently house the Missisiquoi-Abenaki Tribe of Vermont, with which many of his Greenia cousins are members. His ancestry descends from some of the earliest and largest fur traders including Pierre Roy, Nicholas Pelletier and Moise Dupuis.

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