Brackettville in Kinney County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Seminole Indian Scouts' Cemetery
(Founded on Fort Clark Reservation, Sept. 1, 1872)
Incised on a plate on the back of marker:
The following are among the many scouts buried here: John Bowlegs, Elijah Daniels, Pompey Factor, Renty Grayson, John Jefferson, Billy July, Sampson July, George Kibbit, Issac Payne, Pompey Perryman, Joseph Phillips, Billie Wilson, Issac Wilson, Kelina Wilson.
Erected 1971 by the State of Texas. (Marker Number 4638.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Native Americans • Settlements & Settlers • Wars, US Indian. In addition, it is included in the Medal of Honor Recipients series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1850.
Location. 29° 16.378′ N, 100° 26.567′ W. Marker is in Brackettville, TexasTouch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Brackettville TX 78832, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Seminole Scout Camp on Fort Clark (approx. 1.4 miles away); Forsyth Bridge (approx. 1.6 miles away); John Horse (approx. 2.4 miles away); Site of Original Post Cemetery (approx. 2.4 miles away); Staff Officers' Quarters (approx. 2˝ miles away); U.S. Army Signal Corps Building (approx. 2˝ miles away); Adjutant's Quarters (Quarters #20) (approx. 2˝ miles away); 1873 Infantry Barracks (approx. 2.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Brackettville.
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. Interred in this cemetery are the three Seminole Scout Medal of Honor recipients featured on a marker placed in 2006 at a scenic overlook off US Hwy 90 at Pecos River Canyon in Val Verde County.
Every September, in memory of the disbandment of the Seminole-Negro Indian Scout Detachment in 1914, our Seminole community gathers to remember their Indian Scout ancestors. Their cemetery is always the centerpiece of that celebration. To the south and west of the Seminole camp on Fort Clark is the burial ground
History of the Seminole Indian Scout Cemetery
By Miss Charles Emily Wilson
The history of the Seminole Cemetery is as unique and historical as the In-dian Scouts who are buried here. Approximately 100 or more Negro Seminole Scouts who played a major role in protecting the Texas frontier from hostile Indians are buried here, with the descendants and families of the scouts.
The Negro Seminole Indian Scout cemetery was established in September 1872 on the Fort Clark Reservation. April 14, 1881 the scouts fought their last Indian battle following the final important raid on Texas soil near the Rio Grande.
At that time the cemetery was under supervision of Deacon Tony Wilson who left us many years ago. “Uncle Tony,” also left us with a constant sense of pride, to be proud of our ancestors and their accomplishments, “To preserve and hallow these grounds that these dead may not have died in vain.”
Uncle Warren was responsible, helped by city officials, for obtaining from the War Department, about 1940, headstones that now mark the graves of over 100 scouts buried here. His principles and ideals were: be proud of your heritage; do not forget the graves of these scouts; honor them and cherish them.
During these years was a period of disinterest and complacency, when fami-lies would just come on Memorial Day, May 30, and prepare to honor the graves.
Around 1965, the restoration and preservation of the cemetery began. The lo-cal historical society, chamber of commerce, the Retama Garden Club, and in-terested individuals donated their time and finances to this effort.
The grandson of Scout Pompey Perryman, Carlton Perryman reorganized the as-sociation in 1967. He was a retired sergeant in the U.S. Army, and a veteran of World War II and Korea. Inspired by his uncle, Warren Perryman, he ac-cepted the challenge with vigor and determination.
The organization is now registered with the State of Texas as non-profit, and is properly constituted with a board of directors and laws. Its sole purpose is to preserve, promote and maintain the Seminole
Membership in the association includes almost every member of Brackett-ville’s Negro population, most of whom can trace their ancestry to one of the courageous Scouts. The old scouts are gone, maybe from on high they still watch over us with unseen eyes and guidance.
“The Descendants Creed”
We descendants solemnly promise to study the history of our ancestors and to live our lives in a manner that gives honor to their memory. We recognize that much of their story is held by our oldest family members who are oral historians and they should be regularly interviewed and always respected. We are grateful to all teachers, students, researchers, scholars, and any interested parties who would learn the truth about our rich heritage. Whether we call ourselves Estelusti Freedman, Black Seminoles, Ma-roons, Los Mascogos Indios, or Seminoles, we do confirm that our collective story springs from America, Africa, and Mexico. A story written during difficult times requiring hard choices of souls whose only weapons were their beliefs, courage, and determination to survive. We gratefully accept these gifts as our inheritance and we are proud to pass this legacy on to any or all who would receive them through de-scent or adoption.
— Submitted May 14, 2012, by William F Haenn of Fort Clark (Brackettville), Texas.
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