By Martha R. Bireda; Illustrated by Anne Shively
blue ocean press - June 2014 Trade paperback 5.5” x 8.5”, 106 Pages;
ISBN: 978-4-902837-03-2, 13.95 USD/8.00GBP
Obi: Seminole Maroon Freedom Fighter is a fictionalized account of the daring escape of a 15 year old enslaved young man and his friends from a cotton plantation in South Carolina who find refuge among the Seminoles of Florida. The story follows Obi’s meeting with the mysterious African Quashee, his transformation from slave to freedom seeker and his escape to Florida. Through the “learnings” provided by Quashee, Obi develops the traits essential for his becoming a Maroon leader, establishing a Maroon village, his fighting in the Gullah Wars of Independence, going to Indian Territory out West, and his subsequent escape to Mexico. Obi: Seminole Maroon Freedom Fighter has been reviewed and recommended by a team of educators.
About the Author: Martha R. Bireda, Ph.D., is the Founder and Executive Director of the Blanchard House Museum of African American History and Culture of Charlotte County (FL). She is Director of the Museum's Maroon Study Center, and the New Image Project, a project dedicated to positive identity development of youth of color. She is the author of six books including The Trabue Woods Book of Values, a book for youth designed to teach lessons in values and character. Dr. Bireda is also a Commissioner for the Gullah-Geechee Heritage Corridor.
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