Seminole Nation Exhibit
The Seminole people’s unique story and quest to retain cultural identity and traditions while adapting to an ever-evolving, modern world are related through select artifacts, rare images, and vibrant artworks.
From their ancient origins across the Southeast, through the development of their cultural identity in the Florida Everglades to their determined search for a new homeland in the Indian Territory, the fascinating and inspiring story of the Seminoles is told in the museum’s 2,400 square-foot Seminole Exhibition.
Some of these stories include the legend of the Seminole Lighthorsemen, the most feared lawmen in the Indian Territory. The narrative of their tenaciousness and the harshness of Seminole justice is revealed here through tales of the storied Seminole Whipping Tree, where dozens of lashes were plied on those daring enough to deny the laws of the Seminole Nation.
Alice Brown Davis
The life of Alice Brown Davis, the first woman to serve as Chief of any of the Five Civilized Tribes, is recognized in the exhibit. Raised as part of the Brown family political dynasty, Alice was appointed to chiefdom to serve the needs of the U.S. government. However, she defiantly devoted her position to a lifetime of care and welfare for her people.