They were a group of American Indians who received little more than a passing mention in history textbooks. But these days, the Black Seminole Indians are getting more attention in Lake County, thanks to two Groveland history buffs. For more than seven years, John Griffin, a longtime Groveland City Council member, and his grandnephew, Matthew Griffin, 18, have been spreading the word about the little-known Black Seminoles. They participate in Seminole War re-enactments and speak to school and community groups.
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