Martin County Library System Press Releases

March 7, 2013

UCF professor discusses the African influence on Florida’s Seminoles March 23

 Celebrating the Harvest of the Mind, Body and Spirit

DATE:  MARCH 7, 2013

Dr. Rosalyn Howard, University of Central Florida professor of anthropology, presents the lecture The African Presence in Spanish Florida: Black Seminoles on Saturday, March 23 at two Martin County libraries. The Blake Library, located at 2351 SE Monterey Road in Stuart, is host from 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., while the Elisabeth Lahti Library, 15200 SW Adams Avenue, Indiantown, will offer the discussion from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public.

As Dr. Howard explains, African slaves risked their lives to escape southern slavery, but the options for sanctuary were extremely limited. Some fled to the Caribbean, while others ventured south and joined forces with another group of outlaws – the Seminoles. The lecture examines the African influence on Florida’s iconic tribe, as well as the related Caribbean diaspora.

This event is brought to you by the Friends of the Martin County Library System, Inc., and is part of Viva Florida 500, a yearlong celebration of Ponce de Leon’s arrival on Florida’s shores and the following 500 years of history.

For details or to learn more about other Chautauqua South events or the Martin County Library System call (772) 221-1403, pick up a Library Connection at any library branch or visit the website at




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