The Mystery of Lulu Verde, 1870-1900: Child Slave or Adopted Daughter?


Come hear Robert Estrada tell about an Apache girl, Lulu Verde, at the Second Friday event at Bullion Plaza Cultural Center & Museum in Miami, starting at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 12. Second Friday events are always free to the public, although donations are much appreciated.

Following an Indian massacre committed by the 3rd Cavalry, local lore claims the surviving Apache girl, Lulu Verde, was adopted by pioneers Wales and Sarah Arnold. Was she raised as a “child slave ” or “beloved daughter”? Robert Estrada shares Lulu’s story of endurance and determination, along with that of other pioneer “adopted” daughters, in this presentation.

Robert Estrada is an ethnobotanist and historical archaeologist with Verde Valley Archaeology Center and an interpreter at Montezuma’s Well. In the past, he was an interpreter at the Natural Resources Division in Yosemite National Park. A resident of Rimrock, Az. since 2009, Robert spends his free time singing in his church choir, hiking, off-roading and gardening.