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GARDEN 390 Josie Billie, Seminole Medicine Man

Posted By Naidy Escobar, Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Josie Billie was born on December 12th, 1887 He was a member of the Florida Seminole people whom lived his entire life on the Big Cypress Indian Reservation in Hendry County, Florida. Billie was the son of the first Indian man to receive education in Florida, His father’s name was Connie Pajo. Josie a Seminole medicine man and long public spokesman for the Florida Seminoles became a Baptist minister and also a participant in the Florida Folk Festival that was founded in 1953 which still exist today.  I am dedicating this garden to this important Floridian because he was great man. The location in which I choose was in front of my house right by the mail box. The reason why I choose this area was because everyone that walks by during their jog can admire the little garden that I created. Not only those people but also the mailman can see it, people whom park their cars on the sidewalk. I just felt like it was the right place. People would not expect for something to be dedicated to someone on their mail box. This would cause people’s attention to stop and maybe learn something new. I really enjoyed doing this project and being able to share it with the people that live around me and teaching them about an important Floridian.

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