Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Last week we posted a "What Is It???" Wendesday quiz that seemed to stump the chumps. Answer was B, the monument in the photograph marks the capture site of Osceola.
|Capture site of Osceola.|
From Coquina Queries, Kelley Weitzel wrote up the capture of Osceola in lesson 4:
|From Coquina Queries Lesson 4: http://www.coquinaqueries.org/|
The reason we were at the site is arguably as interesting as the marker itself. Last week the planning committee for the Annual Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Project was in town scouting sites for the 2012 conference to be held in St. Augustine. The conference aims to bring Black Seminole descendants to St. Augustine and discuss the international pursuit of freedom from historic times up to present. James Bullock, local artist/interpreter and Black Seminole descendant, gave a 1st person interpretation of a Seminole traveling and fighting alongside Osceola.
Found this great clip on YouTube of James doing what he does best, first person interpretation out in the field:
The site is on private property with an easement for access by the County. To read more about the National Park Service Network to Freedom, check out their website for sites, activities, and content for teachers. For information about James Bullock and programs offered, check the History Lives Now website.
More pictures from our tour:
|All this flagging tape was at the site...anyone know why??|
Text and photos: Sarah Miller, FPAN staff