May 2017 NewsletterRead Now
Happy May, SISCA Members & Friends!
We hope you enjoy our latest newsletter.
Saturday, April 29 - Seminole Indian Scouts Cemetery Cleanup
Photos by SISCA secretary Corina Torralba Harrington
On Saturday, April 29, several SISCA members and friends gathered at the Seminole Indian Scouts Cemetery. The group started at eight in the morning. It was an overcast morning, which was a blessing. They worked until just after one in the afternoon. They were able to clean the entire cemetery.
We would like to thank everyone who took time out of their weekend to come and help with the cemetery cleanup. We are so thankful for you and cannot truly thank you enough. A very special thank you goes out to Mr. Joe Louis Factor for organizing the cleanup.
For those interested, we will be having another cleanup very soon.
Saturday, May 6 - Ballet Folklorico
On Saturday, May 6, at the Brackett ISD auditorium, the citizens of Brackettville were treated to an amazing display of music and dance. The Yumari Ballet Folklorico group wowed the crowd with their beautiful dances and vibrant costumes. Ernesto Barajas Jimenez, a representative from the Mexican Consulate in Eagle Pass, was a special guest. He spoke before the performance. The mistress of ceremony, who did an amazing job, was Benita Villarreal. For two hours, Yumari performed traditional dances from around Mexico. And singer Carlos Gabriel sang beautifully, wooing the audience with his melodious voice. The Kinney County Arts Council invited the group here in observance of the Battle of Puebla (Cinco de Mayo).
Fort Clark Historical Society Brick Memorial
Are you looking for a unique and lasting way to memorialize a deceased loved one? The Fort Clark Historical Society has the perfect solution. If your loved one was a Black Seminole descendant or if your loved one served in the military, consider purchasing a memorial brick in their honor. As seen in the photo above, your loved ones name, rank, and dates of service can be chosen to appear on the brick. Once purchased and created, the bricks are placed at the flag memorial in front of Dickman Hall in Fort Clark Springs. If you are interested, click the blue button.
Saturday, May 20, Miss Charles Day -
Marker Dedication and Teachers' Appreciation
We are looking forward to this Saturday. We cannot wait to honor our matriarch and those who share her profession. We will be dedication a plaque in her memory and honoring our local teachers. Following the ceremony, we will be having a barbecue plate sale. It's going to be a fun day. We do look forward to seeing many of you there.
Is it time to renew your membership? Our website makes it easy. Just click the button below to make an online payment. Or you can send us your check by mail if you prefer. Your membership is very important to us. We just received our newly designed membership cards. We will start sending them out to our current members beginning next week.
We are currently planning our annual Juneteenth celebration, which will take place at the Carver School grounds on Saturday, June 17th. Did you know that Miss Charles began commemorating Juneteenth and Seminole Days in 1979 as way to encourage Black Seminoles, young and old alike, to learn about and be proud of our history? This will be our 38th year hosting and celebrating both events. We are looking forward to seeing you at the Carver School on June 17th. More details will follow soon.
Monthly Meeting - May 2017
Our next monthly meeting will take place this Saturday, May 20, at 2 PM. It will begin after the barbecue plate sale. We do look forward to seeing you there.
We would like to say thank you to everyone who has donated money, volunteered their time, visited the museum or just become interested in the history of the Black Seminoles. We truly appreciate you and cannot truly thank you enough.