UPCOMING PROGRAMS

 
RISE UP!
November 7, 2018 | 5 pm – 9 pm
Charleston, South Carolina
Public forum for the discussion of the Anson Street burials and the DNA analyses associated with it, within larger conversations about African and Gullah Geechee identity and memory in Charleston and neighboring communities.
RICEBORO RICEFEST  November 10, 2018
Riceboro, Georgia
Join us at RiceFest as we screen “The Language You Cry In” and share the history of how tidal rice cultivation ties the Gullah Geechee directly to ancestors in Senegal, Sierra Leone and Liberia.

QUARTERLY COMMISSION  PUBLIC MEETING
December 1, 2018 | 9 am – Noon
Darien, Georgia

The next public meeting of the Commission will be held in Darien, Georgia on Decemeber 1, 2018.  It will take place from 9 am – Noon at St. Cyprians Church located at 401 Fort King George Drive in Darien. 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.

“GROWING UP GULLAH”      

December 8, 2018 | 2 pm
Johns Island Regional Library
Johns Island, South Carolina

Join us for an afternoon with Reverend DeMett E. Jenkins at the Johns Island Region Library as she shares stories and her experiences growing up a Gullah girl, including traditions, foods and spirituals passed down for generations. Program presented by the Charleston County Public Library and the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission.

 

GULLAH GEECHEE DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL

December 12, 2018 | 5 pm – 7 pm
St. Helena Island Branch Library
St. Helena Island, South Carolina

Join us on historic St. Helena Island for a free community screening of several films including, “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.

2018 WATCH NIGHT AND EMANCIPATION PROCLAMATION COMMEMORATION

December 31, 2018 – January 1, 2019
Nationwide

The Commission invites your church, community group, public library or  cultural institution to participate in the 156th anniversary of January 1, 1863: the day when enslaved people in the Low Country began to emerge from bondage as a result of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation.

Request additional information by e-mail at info@gullahgeecheecorridor.org.

TRACING YOUR GULLAH GEECHEE ROOTS: FREEDMEN’S BUREAU RECORDS

February 6, 2019 | 1 pm – 3 pm
St. Helena Branch Library
St. Helena Island, South Carolina

Join us for this free workshop led by Toni Carrier (Director of the Center for Family Research at the International African American Museum) to find out how to mine these records for family history and other information about the Gullah Geechee experience. The records left by the Freedmen’s Bureau through its work between 1865 and 1872 constitute the richest and most extensive documentary source available for investigating the African-American experience in the post-Civil War and Reconstruction eras.

 

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 such as Phillips, Snowden, Scanlonville, Hamlin, Six Mile, Seven Mile, and Ten Mile. Gullah Geechee landowners and families in the communities are the descendants of the freedmen who purchased the land more than 125 years ago. 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. Free and open to the public.

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 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.

“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
Charleston County Public Library

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.

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