The City of Pensacola held a dedication ceremony recently to commemorate the unveiling of the community’s latest historical marker, titled “Battle and Massacre at Bayou Texar.”

The historic marker serves as a memorial for the Native American women and children who lost their lives during the Battle and Massacre at Bayou Texar in 1818. The dedication ceremony took place at Bayview Park.

The Battle and Massacre was a tragic event when nearly 30 Muscogee women and children were killed by American forces. The attack was a pivotal point at the closing of the First Seminole War and contributed to U.S. Army General Andrew Jackson marching his troops westward, capturing Pensacola and driving the Spanish out of Florida.

The historic marker was created through the collaborative efforts of the City, Escambia County, Santa Rosa Band of the Lower Muscogee, UWF Historic Trust and the Florida Department of State. For more information about the First Seminole War, visit the Florida Department of State website.