Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission

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MAY 2020


Tracing the African Diaspora: Colonoware Pottery Workshop
Saturday, May 9, 2020 |  Watch Recording of Program 

Join us for a virtual, streamed talk to explore the African diaspora and the colonial heritage of the African ancestors of the Gullah Geechee people through Colonoware pottery. Professors from the Clemson University/College of Charleston Graduate Program in Historic Preservation will introduce you to “Colonoware”: a formed, hand-built earthenware pottery made by enslaved Africans and Native Americans between the 17th and 19th centuries. “Colonoware” pottery served as daily cooking, storage, and serving vessels for most enslaved people living in colonial-period settlements and plantations in coastal South Carolina. Often these pieces are viewed as “plain”, but recently discovered fragments in the Charleston area demonstrate the uniqueness in the African decoration style created by using a braided palm leaf.


Virtual Tour of the Historic Harrington School
Sunday, May 24, 2020 | 12:30 pm – 1 pm
HOW TO WATCH: from the Facebook page for the Historical Harrington School.

We’re headed down to St. Simons Island for a Sunday “Back Porch Brunch” with Gullah Geechee elder and storyteller Mrs. Amy Lotson Roberts.  She’ll lead us on a tour of the restored Historic Harrington School which dates back to the 1920’s.  You may know the Harrington community because in the 1930’s linguist Lorenzo Dow Turner came to Harrington to make field recordings that helped him document the cultural and linguistic links between Africa and the Gullah Geechee people. And in the 1950’s famed folklorist Alan Lomax recorded Bessie Jones and the Georgia Sea Island Singers inside the schoolhouse. Mrs. Roberts grew up on the island and attended the school.  Program presented by The Historical Harrington School and the St. Simons African American Heritage Coalition.


Urban Slavery and the Aiken-Rhett House
Friday, May 29, 2020 | 3 p.m.
HOW TO WATCH: from the Facebook page for the Slave Dwelling Project.

Millions of people visit the Charleston area every year — and many leave without any understanding of the urban slavery that once fueled the city.  Join us for a tour of the property and a conversation with Joe McGill of Slave Dwelling Project about his work to draw attention to the hidden spaces and places where enslaved Africans and their descendants lived and died.  Joe conducts these programs to raise awareness and organize resources to preserve, interpret, maintain and sustain extant slave dwellings and other structures significant to the stories of the enslaved Ancestors. And to help others have the hard conversations about the pain, trauma and tragedy that are an inextricable part of the history of these sites — and our nation.  Presented by the Slave Dwelling Project in partnership with the Gulah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor NHA and the  Historic Charleston Foundation.