billy bowlegs iii


Billy Bowlegs III

Billy Fewell, aka Cofehapkee (1862–1965), was a Seminole elder, also of African-American descent. He was a tribal historian in Florida. As an adult, he renamed himself after Billy Bowlegs (Holata Micco), the prominent Seminole chief during the Seminole Wars. A Black Indian, Bowlegs became an elder in the tribe. He learned and taught much about its history.

A historical marker honors Billy Bowlegs III, also known as Chufi Hajo, near Moore Haven. It is located at the intersection of U.S. 27 and State Road 78. It was erected by the Polk County Historical Society and the Seminole Tribe.