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Seminole Scenes: February 2022

DOWNTOWN DISTINCTION: Florida Secretary of State Laurel Lee announced Feb. 21 that Tallahassee Downtown, which last year unveiled a mural featuring the Seminole Tribe’s first chairwoman Betty Mae Jumper, center, has been designated the February 2022 Florida Main Street Program of the Month. “By hosting a variety of community events throughout the year and supporting public art projects, Tallahassee Downtown has created a sense of place as the heart of Florida’s Capital City,” Lee said in a statement. In 2021, Tallahassee Downtown received a facelift with the unveiling of “Project Daring,” a large-scale mural located on the Lumen Technologies building in their district. Commissioned by the Junior League of Tallahassee, the mural features portraits of Jumper, Zora Neale Hurston and Marjorie Harris Carr, all of whom have been inducted into the Florida Women’s Hall of Fame. Completed by two local Tallahassee muralists, Olivia Barattini, and Savannah Salinas, Project Daring intends to highlight the past achievements of Florida women and inspire future leaders. (Courtesy Tallahassee Downtown)
BRAHAM BASKETBALL: After helping the Okeechobee High School girls basketball team win a district
championship Feb. 4, senior guard Adryauna Baker, left, from the Brighton Reservation, is joined by
her cousin and former Brahman athlete Alicia Fudge during the postgame celebration. (Photo Kevin Johnson)
GREAT GARDEN: Ahfachkee high school student Marina Garcia harvests vegetables from the school’s culture garden Feb. 25. (Photo Beverly Bidney)
GREAT GARDEN: These seedlings are taking root in the culture camp at Ahfachkee. Students plant the seeds in cups and watch them grow until they are large enough to be transplanted in the ground of the garden. (Photo Beverly Bidney)
GOBBLE, GOBBLE: A group of male and female turkeys are at home at Immokalee’s 160-acre Indian Camp property, which was recently purchased by the tribe. (Photo Beverly Bidney)
On March 5, 2007, the Seminole Tribe finalized the acquisition of Hard Rock International. A ceremonial signing by the Tribal Council was held at the Council Oak tree in Hollywood. From left are Councilman Max Osceola, Councilman Andrew Bowers Jr., Councilman David Cypress, Chairman Mitchell Cypress, Hard Rock President and CEO Hamish Dodds and Vice Chairman Moses Osceola. The tribe announced the purchase agreement from Rank Group PLC for $965 million on Dec. 7, 2006, in New York City. (Courtesy Redline Media Group)
SEMINOLE SCENES REWIND: Chairman Mitchell Cypress looks at the ceremonial resolution on March 5, 2007. (File photo)