30 March 2017

BHM/BCL: Gullah History and Culture

The highly successful Beaufort History Museum / Beaufort County Library local history series continues on April 20, 2017.  Mary Rivers LeGree, a native St. Helena resident, will discuss the origins of Gullah history and culture on the isolated sea islands of South Carolina. Learn how large concentrations of Africans on St. Helena, Daufuskie,  Johns, Kiawah, Port Royal, Edisto and Wadmalaw islands influenced the history of this region and transformed culture. This lively presentation will expose you to Gullah cultural practices.

Mary Rivers LeGree's early years were spent in the Rivers's family compound on St. Helena Island. She was educated in New York City and graduated from the University of Detroit. Upon retirement in 2004, LeGree came home to live on family property that had been purchased by her ancestors shortly after the Civil War. She is a past Planning Commissioner for St. Helena District.  LeGree led the way for a reconstituted St. Helena Community Preservation Committee in 2007. The SHCPC is a 12 member board to review development projects proposed for St. Helena island.

Registration is required. Seats tend to go quickly. Sign up at https://beauforthistorymuseum.wildapricot.org/event-2506104. Registration is closed when full.

Please note: The "Harriet Tubman" lecture by Andrea Allen is almost full. Seats are almost gone at the time of this post.  https://beauforthistorymuseum.wildapricot.org/event-2499875 

The Beaufort District Collection coordinates the BHM/BCL for the Library system. 

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