Note: The Seminole Indian Scouts Cemetery Association does not charge a fee for the trip, but there is a fee to enter Seminole Canyon. The entrance fee is $5.
at the Carver School
We are honored to have Mrs. Billie Jean Frierson and Ms. Mary Cleve join us this evening. Both ladies will be discussing topics that are important them and, therefore, important to all in attendance.
Also, we have light refreshments (finger foods and desserts) and drinks.
(Unfortunately, this event is tentatively cancelled because of the weather.)
Robert “Bobby” Kibbetts was born in 1846 in Arkansas. He was the son of John and Nancy Kibbetts. John Kibbetts, who lived from 1810-1878, was a Seminole Negro Indian Scout. He served as a first sergeant. He was also a subchief of the Black Seminoles. He served as scout from 1870 until his death on September 7, 1878. In addition to their son Robert, John and his wife Nancy also had a daughter named Rosella (1850-1885).
Robert Kibbetts followed in his father’s footsteps. He joined the Seminole Negro Indian Scouts and became a sergeant. His service began in 1870, the same year his father joined.
Robert was married to Phyllis Wilson Kibbetts. She was born in Mexico. Her parents were John Wilson and Laura Naco. They were both from Mexico. Phyllis lived until May 13, 1939. She was 96 when she died. She and Robert had two children. Their names were Washington and Maria.
After over thirty years of service, Robert Kibbetts died on April 29,1905. He was buried at the Seminole Indian Scouts Cemetery.
Carver School Grounds
Carver School Grounds
Carver School Grounds
Part of her life has been dedicated to independent research, alongside editorial works, advising to non-governmental organizations, and freelancing. In the summer of 1991, she visited the Mascogo community of El Nacimiento, Coahuila for the first time and started a modest cultural fieldwork in 1992, which culminated in the publication of the book Tribus olvidadas de Coahuila (Forgotten Tribes of Coahuila, 1999), the first monography on the black Seminole of Coahuila and Texas. It was edited in México. She is also co-author of Recetario Mascogo de Coahuila (Mascogo Cookbook, 2000, reprinted 2004 and 2014).
In 2014 and 2015, with the support of Conacyt (The National Council of Science and Technology in México), she did research about body, ethnicity, and ritual in the communities of El Nacimiento and Cuarterones y Morelos, both in the Múzquiz municipality, Coahuila.
Presently, Dr. Del Moral is working as a coordinator of traditional cooking and morteros workshops as part of the Colectivo Comunitario Mascogo, an initiative sponsored by Mexico’s federal Ministry of Culture for revitalization of Mascogo’s cultural heritage.
Invited by SISCA, Dr. del Moral will offer the conference “Bride Theft among the Coahuila Mascogos” for Seminole Days, edition 2018, afternoon session at Carver School, Saturday September 15, in Brackettville, Texas.
Dr. Rosalyn Howard is a Cultural Anthropologist. She was an Associate Professor of Anthropology and Director of the North American Indian Studies Program at the University of Central Florida until her retirement in 2015. Her primary area of teaching and research was the African Diaspora with a focus on the interrelationships formed by African and Native American peoples in the Americas and the Caribbean.
Dr. Howard has conducted extensive research among mixed Native American and African populations in Florida, the Bahamas and Bermuda. She also has conducted research in the following countries: Guadeloupe, Jamaica, China, South Africa, Swaziland, Botswana, Senegal, and Ghana.
Among Dr. Howard's publications are three books:
First, Black Seminoles in the Bahamas is an ethnographic research study of the Black Seminole descendant community of Red Bays, Andros Island, Bahamas. Today's presentation is based on that research.
Second, Recollection and Reconnection: Voices of the St. David's Islanders and their Native American Relatives concerns her research on a community with mixed Native, African, and European ethnicity in Bermuda.
Third, Newtown Alive: Courage, Dignity and Determination is an ethnohistorical study of an African-American community in Sarasota, Florida at its 100 year anniversary.
Although retired, Dr. Howard continues to be an active scholar, lecturer, writer, and consultant for various projects.
8PM - 1AM
Following the ceremony, we hope you will return to the Carver School, where we will have some potluck and say our "until next year" to each other.