When they returned, they reported that, while they were able to hike, they weren’t able to complete the whole tour because several areas were flooded. Everyone who went, however, enjoyed themselves.
As the time for the lecture to neared, many worried about attendance levels, parking in (and getting stuck in) the mud, and several of the other concerns that come with rainy days. While we did start a little late, by the time Augusta “Gigi” Pines stood to welcome everyone, there was a full house.
Billie Jean Frierson delivered an engaging presentation. She recounted several historical facts and heartwarming stories about Black Seminole Scouts and their descendants, She, also, urged all in attendance to research their genealogy.
Mary Cleve shared a beautiful personal story with the audience about a dream she’d had. She ended her talk by encouraging everyone and let everyone know that she prays for all of us.
Finally, Windy Goodloe spoke briefly about the conflict that has plagued SISCA for the past year. The good news is a resolution is in sight. Current members of SISCA are voting on the fate of the Seminole Indian Scouts Cemetery entrance. We will report the results by September 28, 2018.
Last year, the unfinished film was screened at Brackett High School’s auditorium. Following the event, Mr. Hill stated that it was his goal to return to Brackett during Seminole Days and allow the descendants of the Scouts to be the first to view the finished product. Thank you to Mr. Hill and Ms. Atchico for making this happen.
We would like to thank the Warrior clan from Tucson, Arizona, the Johnson family from Providence, Rhode Island, Bennie and Jerry Mc Rae, Paulina Del Moral, Kato Wittich, Charles Carroll , Mr. William Warrior and Mrs. Ethel Warrior for inviting and allowing our Sunday ceremony to be held in the home they had rented for the weekend. This location was the perfect space for the culmination of Seminole Days. Just being indoors and within the comfort of a warm environment provided intimacy and warmth that those in attendance felt immediately, even with there being close to fifty people in the house. We especially want to thank Miles Warrior for cooking up a delicious feast for so many people on one hour notice.
After Kato and Gigi welcomed everyone, Billie Jean Frierson asked the elders for permission to speak. Once she was given permission, she acknowledged our loved ones who had passed away since last Seminole Days. The act of calling their names is sacred. She spoke of the importance of doing this often. Following a moment of silence, Billie Jean led everyone in singing “This Little Light of Mine,” which started out a bit melancholy but was quickly transformed into the rousing and uplifting song it is meant to be. Following the ceremony, everyone was invited to eat, and while eating, many interesting discussions could be heard. This last event gave everyone a chance to relax and talk about history and family and our hope and dreams for the future.
The Seminole Indian Scouts Cemetery Association is a democratic organization that was founded in 1967. In order to stay neutral and to be a voice for the community, we feel
it is important to publicly state that we do not endorse any other organization or tribe. While individual members may do so, SISCA has not and will not join another organization or tribe.