Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Florida History: Broward's First Seminole School, 1927

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A story in the Miami News (Jan. 25, 1927) opens a window to Seminole (and Broward County) history while revealing  attitudes of the time. The school opened and closed near Dania before land was officially set aside for the Seminoles in 1938. Excerpts follow:

Outlook said to be Favorable for Breaking Age-Old Antipathy of Tribe

Seminole braves and squaws and the younger generation trudging to classes and heeding the call of the schoolbell to be wielded by Mrs. Lena King, Creek Indian of Wetunka, Okla. will present a scene never before witnessed in this section.

Establishment of the school here is said to be the culmination of the efforts of many years to educate the Seminole. It came about through the interest of L.A. Spencer of Fort Myers, agent for Indian affairs in the state …

Although the teaching group is from the Creek Indian nation, they are related to the Seminoles, the Florida group being an offshoot called the “wanderers,” which is the Indian interpretation for Seminole …

The tribe has been adverse to attending school and has shown an animosity toward the white man’s learning because, it is said, they were antagonized by a former missionary some years ago.

English and rudimentary subjects will be taught first. Only a very few speak English … Mr. Spencer is camped out with the clan and will arrange personally for the opening expected in about two weeks.
Miami News, Jan. 25, 1927, p. 2


Tags: Florida history, Seminole history, Broward County history

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