Born in 1849, Pompey Factor was a Black Seminole. His family fled to Mexico in the 1850s featuring enslavement after the Second Seminole War. He lived in Mexico until 1870 when he was recruited to serve as a US Army scout. In 1875, Factor and two other scouts saved their commander during a skirmish with the Comanche. He and the other scouts received the Congressional Medal of Honor for their bravery. In 1877, Factor returned to Mexico because of the rising tensions between black Seminole and white settlers in Texas. He worked with the scouts in 1879, but left for Mexico again in 1880. In 1926, he returned to Texas and died in 1928. He is buried in Bracketville, Texas in the Seminole Indian Scout Cemetery.
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