Black Seminoles and the Seminole Indian Scouts
February 5 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Join us this month to learn about a distinct ethnic group in Texas—the Black Seminoles. Windy Goodloe, a member of the Black Seminole community, will explain the group’s migration to Oklahoma, Mexico, and Texas after a long history in Florida. She will focus particularly on those who the US Army recruited to become Indian scouts and fighters in West Texas who became known as Seminole Negro Indian Scouts. First based at Fort Duncan at Eagle Pass, the unit was stationed at Fort Clark when disbanded. As a result, many scouts and their descendants found a permanent home in nearby Brackettville where the Seminole Indian Scouts Cemetery is located today.
Windy Goodloe is a native of Brackettville, Texas. She has owned Nzadi Amistad Editing and Writing Services since 2017, but worked as an independent contractor since 2007. While Goodloe’s day job is copyediting and writing, her passion is Black Seminole history. Acknowledging her own special connection to her family heritage, she strives to preserve her ancestors’ legacy—including their rapidly disappearing Afro-Seminole Creole language—and to educate others about this little-known American story. Goodloe is currently secretary of the Seminole Indian Scouts Cemetery Association.