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Effie Knowles
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Birth: Mar. 26, 1892
Key West
Monroe County
Florida, USA
Death: Sep. 20, 1984
Miami-Dade County
Florida, USA

Her parents were Bahamian emigres. She was born in Key West in 1892 and died in Miami in 1984 at the ripe old age of 92. Her grandfather James Alexander Knowles was born on Long Island in 1839 and moved to Key West. Florida did not become a US territory until 1821 and for a long time Bahamians looked on the Keys as northern Out Islands.

Effie became a lawyer in 1926 and joined President Franklin Roosevelt's Department of Justice in 1934. She returned to private practice in Miami in 1953 and retired in the 1970s.

In her private practice she was an attorney for the Seminole tribe for over 20 years, pursuing a celebrated land case with the Indian Claims Commission. The commission was created by Congress in 1946 and awarded more than a half billion dollars before its mandate expired in 1978. One of those awards was won by Effie Knowles.

The Seminoles are descended from a few hundred Indians who eluded capture by the US army in the 19th century. Today, about 2,000 live on six Florida reservations. And descendents of some of the so-called Black Seminoles live on Andros, at a place called Red Bays.

In 1970, the Indian Claims Commission awarded the Seminoles $12.5 million for 32 million acres taken from them during the Seminole wars. This was the claim that Effie Knowles worked on, receiving a fee of $150,000.

Miami Memorial Park Cemetery
Miami-Dade County
Florida, USA
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