Rebellion Project info & credits     
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This site was written, designed and developed by J.B. Bird.

William Dub Warrior with the author
William "Dub" Warrior with the author.

The author would like to thank the following people for assisting with the project, either in its Web phase or in its incubation period, when it was conceived of as a documentary film:
  • William "Dub" Warrior
  • Thomas Senter
  • Ian Hancock
  • Paulina Del Moral
  • David DeWitt
  • John & Mary Alice Bird
  • Mary Lampe & The Southwest Alternate Media Project
  • Bill Stahl and many friends who discussed various phases of the project.
  • Courtney Waldren
Also see: Project Sponsors & funding

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Project Background

This project started life in 1998 as an idea for a documentary film. Through various emanations of the idea, several great people helped move the project along, including William "Dub" Warrior, a Black Seminole historian who agreed to serve as a narrator, David DeWitt, an excellent cameraman and producer, Paulina Del Moral, a scholar in Mexico, Thomas Senter, co-editor of Kenneth Wiggins Porter's posthumously published Black Seminoles, and scholars Patricia Wickman, Kevin Mulroy, and Ian Hancock.

To make a long story short, however, I was unable to move forward a project of the scope I had imagined. I still believe that an excellent television documentary can come out of this story, and I would like to find the right collaborators to help develop it, so if you fit that description, feel free to contact me, J.B. Bird, at The University of Texas at Austin,, 512-232-9623. I have a documentary treatment at the ready.

While marshalling a television production was outside my abilities, I have produced several university Web sites, so out of the documentary research, I hit on the idea of creating a Web-based documentary on the same theme as the film. The project was initially funded through private resources. I worked on it out of my love for the history and sense of obligation to friends and colleagues who had advised on the film project. With them in mind and our mutual desire to bring this story to wider attention, I decided to complete a Web documentary which could be of interest to both initiates and general readers alike--something academic historians could enjoy, and also middle school or high school students.

I started with four main aesthetic goals, to which I hope Rebellion has remained true:

  1. Show my sources: image sources and historical references.
  2. Respect my audience.
  3. Visualize history.
  4. Tell a story.

Writing and design began in 2001. Phase one was complete by the end of 2002, but more than two more years awaited publication because the site still needed the final section on Texas and Mexico and, more importantly, I needed permission from image repositories and license holders for the right to publish materials on the Web.

Thanks to a generous grant from the Summerlee Foundation I was able to complete both of these last legs of a long journey and publish Rebellion in June 2005. As of this writing, I am promoting the site to search engines. If you like the site, please link to it or visit a few times.

Many years in the making, this site is now available to the public. Please enjoy it like a good book and share it with friends.

óJ.B. Bird

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Site intro
Slave rebellion intro
Toolkit on the rebellion
Story Synopsis
Why learn their story?
Purpose of this site
Project info
Sponsors & funding
Navigation help
Also see:
Picture tour

Picture tour: a summary of the story in 32 images.