FLOR500, Garden 401 John Chupco, Seminole Leader (ca. 1821–1881) Chupco grew up in Florida during the Second Seminole War, and he led the Hvteyievike (Newcomer) band of Seminoles during the Third Seminole War (1855–1858). They were relocated to Oklahoma during Indian Removal, where he continued to fight, this time politically, for the rights and continued existence of the Seminole people, as well as the establishment of the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma.
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GARDEN 401

John Chupco, Seminole Leader 

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John Chupco, Seminole Leader 

(ca. 1821–1881)

Chupco grew up in Florida during the Second Seminole War, and he led the Hvteyievike (Newcomer) band of Seminoles during the Third Seminole War (1855–1858). They were relocated to Oklahoma during Indian Removal, where he continued to fight, this time politically, for the rights and continued existence of the Seminole people, as well as the establishment of the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma. 

Flower Guys 

4664 NW 69 AV 

Miami, FL 


Harriet Mary Bedell by Anabel Alfonso

 John Chupco, Seminole Leader, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:JohnChupco.jpg 

 

Dedication of garden to honoree by Eduardo Lara


First off, I chose FlowerGuys as the site for the garden because I felt that a flower shop would be a very appropriate place for a garden. I dedicated the garden to John Chupco, who was a Seminole chief and fought for his people’s land. He loved the land so much that I think it is more than acceptable to dedicate a garden to him. Furthermore, I think the garden next to the FlowerGuys flower shop is suitable for John Chupco because the garden will grow on the land he once called his and fought for. 
John Chupco fought against the powers that were during his time. While trying to relocate his tribe to the Oklahoma territory he was standing up for his people. He represents the struggles it took in the past for people to hold on to this beautiful land we call Florida. Although he ultimately failed in keeping his tribe located on their lands, he will always be remembered in history as someone who fought for what was right. His body is gone, but his memory will live on because of the great person he was and the great values he represented. This garden will help keep him alive in Florida’s memory every time that somebody walks past the garden and reads the sign of his dedication. Even when the garden is no longer around, there should always be a way to keep him alive because of how much he did for Florida. I hope that in the future I, or perhaps others, will take the time to preserve or even restore this beautiful garden dedicated to the great and legendary John Chupco. 

 

Quilt by Caroline Werner and Natalia Fernandez

Garden Sign

 

Planting of Garden by Glades Middle School Students

Garden Planting

 

Garden Planting

Participant's Comments

I thought this was a great opportunity to get involved in the community while celebrating our anniversary as well as honoring a great historic Floridian. 


 

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