150th Anniversary of the First Scout Enlistment: 1870-2020
August 16, 2020
Welcome to the Seminole Negro Indian Scouts Historical Society website!
The Society is a forum for the exploration of the history of the Seminole Negro Indian Scouts and Black Seminoles. Curated by descendants, in partnership with other researchers, our mission is to provide a space for open discussion and shared enquiry based on primary documents, oral history, and published research. We seek to nurture deeper connections between all Black Seminole descendants and their history, as well as to offer resources to anyone interested in learning more about the Seminole Negro Indian Scouts, the Black Seminoles, and our impact on the western United States.
Throughout the year, the Society will post selected original documents and transcriptions of military correspondence, moderate discussion forums and webinars, and provide resources to help deepen and foster a broader understanding about the Scouts and Black Seminoles. The society will help descendants record and preserve oral histories from their own elders. We will provide support for descendant based research and will host new projects regularly on the website.
To kickoff the commemoration of this anniversary, we have created an annotated booklet containing original articles and transcribed military and government correspondence documenting the origins of the Seminole Negro Indian Scouts and their interactions with the U.S. Government and Military.
It provides firsthand contemporary accounts of how the Seminole Negroes negotiated service as Scouts to support themselves while waiting for transit from Texas back to “Indian Territory” (modern-day Oklahoma). This is the only work of its kind, as it shows the origins of the Scouts and the evolution of their journey in detail through original documentation from Library of Congress records that have never been transcribed and made available before.
The booklet contains 50 transcribed letters and can be purchased for $30 (includes shipping).
Click on the book cover for more information on the Origins of Seminole Negro Indian Scouts booklet.
In Focus: Primary Documents
As part of the 150th anniversary commemoration, the Society is highlighting primary documents fundamental the to founding of the Detachment. Click heading to view letter.
Click Buy Now to purchase a copy of the booklet. Although the initial link is to Paypal and any major debit or credit card can be used. Checks can also be sent and made payable to the Seminole Negro Indian Scouts Historical Society, 200 N. Pickett St., Ste 613, Alexandria, VA 22304.