UPCOMING PROGRAMS

 
 

TRACING YOUR GULLAH GEECHEE ROOTS: USING FREEDMEN’S BUREAU RECORDS February 2, 2019 | 1 pm – 3 pm
St. Helena Island Branch Library | St. Helena, SC

Join us for this free workshop led by Toni Carrier, the Director of the Center for Family Research at the International African American Museum in Charleston, SC. WE HAVE REACHED OUR REGISTRATION LIMIT FOR THIS EVENT.  PLEASE REGISTER BELOW TO BE ADDED TO THE WAITLIST.  Please check your spam filter or call our office if you do not receive an e-mail confirmation within one hour.

N.C. GULLAH GEECHEE FESTIVAL OF LEARNING
January 25-26, 2019
Wilmington, North Carolina

A two-day festival that starts with an exhibition at the Wilmington Arts Council on Friday evening followed by a day of lectures, exhibits and films at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington campus.  Saturday offers lectures on Gullah Geechee culture and history, challenges to the preservation of Gullah culture and history, films, exhibits and more. To register and for more information, message gullah.geechee.ILM@gmail.com.

 

LEGENDS | CHARLESTON’S GULLAH GEECHEE HISTORYMAKERS
February 4, 2019 | 4 pm – 5pm
West Ashley Regional Library
West Ashley, South Carolina

 

Celebrate Black History Month with us as we highlight Gullah Geechee men and women that have made their mark on the Charleston area. These important individuals have left a legacy in areas of education, entertainment, politics, civil rights, and the visual arts. After the presentation, use your creativity to commemorate these figures with a craft themed by the ironwork of Philip Simons.

QUARTERLY COMMISSION  PUBLIC MEETING
February 9, 2019 | 9 am – Noon
Conway, South Carolina

The next public meeting of the Commission will be held at Coastal Caolina University.  It will take place from 9 am – noon.  Members of the public are encouraged to attend and to also share issues and projects that concern the Gullah Geechee people and the Corridor.  To learn more and to request time on the agenda, call 843.818.4587.

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 – Noon
Georgetown County Library (Main)
Georgetown, South Carolina

Join us for a free, mid-day 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.

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 Foundation founder Rhoda Green on the Barbadian roots of the Gullah Geechee community in the Carolinas.  Come learn more 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 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.
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.

HISTORY TALK | 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