VESEY CONSPIRACY AT 200: BLACK ANTISLAVERY IN THE ATLANTIC WORLD
February 8-10, 2019
College of Charleston
Charleston, South Carolina

The Carolina Lowcountry in the Atlantic World Program at the College of Charleston hosts a small conference on enslaved and free black anti-slavery movements. The Commission is a co-sponsor for this event. 

TRACING YOUR GULLAH GEECHEE ROOTS: MT. PLEASANT, SC
February 16, 2019 | 1 pm -3 pm
Mt. Pleasant Regional Library
Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina

Mount Pleasant, South Carolina is home to many historic, Gullah Geechee freedmen communities that line Highway 17.  Join us for this special workshop to find out if your Gullah Geechee story includes one of these communities where the traditional culture, like the making of sweetgrass baskets, still lives.

GULLAH GEECHEE DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL
February 19, 2019 | 10 am – 11:30 am
Georgetown County Library (Main)
Georgetown, South Carolina

Join us for a free, morning screening of, “THE LANGUAGE YOU CRY IN”, an amazing detective story reaching across hundreds of years and thousands of miles from 18th century Sierra Leone to the Gullah Geechee people of Harris Neck, Georgia. In English and Mende with English subtitles.

THE WEEPING TIME MEMORIAL
March 2-3, 2019 | Savannah GA

A public memorial to the largest slave sale
in U.S. history. Organized by the Organization to Commemorate Enslaved African Americans,  Journey by Faith, Inc., Ivory Bay CDC. Otis J. Brock III Elementary School, Georgia Historical Society, Solomon Temple and the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission.

 

GULLAH GEECHEE ROOTS ON BARBADOS: A DIASPORA CONVERSATION
February 23, 2019 | 11 am – 12:30 pm Otranto Road Regional Library
North Charleston, South Carolina

Join us for a talk by Barbados & teh Carolinas Legacy Foundation founder Rhoda Green on the Barbadian roots of the Gullah Geechee communities in the Carolinas.  Learn about the Africans who were bought to the Carolinas by Barbadian planters in the 17th century and how they informed what became  Gullah Geechee culture. In partnership with the Barbados & Carolinas Legacy Foundation.

CONVERSATION WITH CHEF CHARLOTTE JENKINS

March 6, 2019 | 2 pm – 4 pm
Hurd /St. Andrews Public Library
Charleston, South Carolina

A conversation with the legendary Gullah Geechee chef, restauranteur and author (“Gullah Cusine: By Land and By Sea”) from Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina. Discussion moderated by K.J. Kearney to be followed by audience Q&A.

INTERNATIONAL GULLAH GEECHEE AND AFRICAN DIASPORA CONFERENCE        March 7 – 9, 2019                                   Coastal Carolina University              Conway, South Carolina

The inaugural International Gullah Geechee and African Diaspora Conference will explore the theme “Tracing the African Diaspora: Places of Suffering, Resilience and Reinvention.” We will bring together academics and practitioners from interdisciplinary areas of study, who offer their ground-breaking contributions in the form of scholarly papers, films, performances and spoken poetry.

GULLAH GEECHEE FUNERAL AND BURIAL TRADITIONS
April 25, 2019 |  4 pm – 5:30 pm
Southport Library
Southport, North Carolina

Learn how Gullah Geechee funeral and burial practices reflect their shared West African ancestry and historic experiences in the Lowcountry.   Pre-registration requested and limited to ten people. Please contact our office if you do not receive a confirmation within one hour.

PRISCILLA’S LEGACY | TALK WITH THOMALIND POLITE
March 9, 2019 | 2 pm – 4 pm
 Hurd / St. Andrews Regional Library
Thomalind Polite is the 7th generation descendant of a 10-year-old girl, named Priscilla, taken from Sierra Leone to South Carolina to be sold into slavery. Join us to hear about Thomalind’s discovery of her ancestry and watch the documentary Priscilla’s Legacy on her journey to trace her roots back to Sierra Leone.

“BLACK HANDS TO WHITE MOUTHS” | CHEF KEVIN MITCHELL
May 11, 2019 | 2 pm – 4 pm
Johns Island Regional Library
Johns Island, South Carolina

Chef Kevin Mitchell who will give a free talk on his research on Charleston’s enslaved and free African-American cooks. “From Black Hands to White Mouths: Charleston’s freed and enslaved cooks and their influence on the food of the South” is a profoundly important, historical work that reclaims and restores the important role that Black cooks and African foodways had in shaping the culinary heritage of Charleston and our nation.

“COMBEE: FREEDOM-SEEKERS OF THE COMBAHEE RIVER RAID” | DR. EDDA FIELDS BLACK
May 18, 2019 | 2 pm – 4 pm
Johns Island Regional Library
Johns Island, South Carolina

An afternoon with historian Dr. Edda Fields-Black, Associate Professor in the Dep’t of History at Carnegie-Mellon University and a specialist in the trans-national migration of West African rice farmers, peasant farmers on the pre-colonial Upper Guinea Coast and enslaved laborers on rice plantations in the South Carolina and Georgia Lowcountry.

GULLAH GEECHEE SUMMER SCHOOL
Starts June 2019

Last year, over 100 people registered for our free, three-part videoconference designed to introduce you to Gullah Geechee history and culture. We are pleased to bring it back.  Registration opens March 1, 2019.

Post Office Box 1007
Johns Island, SC 29457-1007
(843) 818-4587
info@gullahgeecheecorridor.org