Posted By Laura A. Kosanke,
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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This garden is planted in dedication to Corey Osceola at Tropical Park, 7900 SW 40th St, Miami, Fl 33155
Corey Osceola was a very important person in regards to Seminole Indian rights. He was a member of the Wildcat clan and was a natural leader and helped many different people. He vowed to protect his people from government relocating them, and lived in the woods near Naples, operating an Indian trading post on US42. He interpreted for Mikasuki speakers who could not speak English and he helped fellow Seminoles start businesses. During the 1920’s he was a spokesperson for Seminole Indian rights and fought for better medical care, living conditions, and liberty for the Florida Indians. I read that the people that knew him, thought of him as a great person that loved his land and the people. Later in life, during the 1930’s and 40’s, he was on many postcards and was also in a movie in 1958, Winds Across the Everglades. I choose to plant this garden of Indian Blanket and Gaillardia flowers in dedication to Cory Osceola in Tropical Park on Bird Road in Miami, Florida. I used a couple other orange flowers that I had to mark the spot while the gaillardia flowers grow. I choose this location to plant a garden in his dedication because the Seminole and Mikasuki Indian tribes that he helped were here in South Florida during his lifetime and also now. He played a major role in many peoples’ lives and helped them succeed in life. He was also in a movie that was set in the Everglades here in South Florida.
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