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Print from an original oil painting by Johnny G. Montgomery. The print is unframed
Artist description included in accession file:
Billy Bowlegs, (Holata Mico) was the leader of the Third Seminole War (1855-1858). The Seminoles were a peaceful people. The Southerners wanted their rich lands. Runaway slaves taking sanctuary among the Indians further ignited the situation. The Seminoels went on the warpath when a U.S. Army survey team destroyed crops belonging to Billy's band. One of Billy Bowlegs advisor and interpreter was Ben Bruner, a black Seminole. (Bruner is one of two bands of black Seminoles or freedmen that moved to Oklahoma after the treaties were signed. Part of Billy's band did not surrender, they became the unconquered, the mikasukis."
|Creator||Johnny G. Montgomery|