Gullah Culture Featured in February

Beaufort County Library starts our celebration of Black History Month with three presentations the first week of February. Two are related to the Smithsonian's New Harmonies exhibit (which leaves Sat., Feb. 4th.)

For images of some of the programs thus far, click here.

Wed., Feb. 1st

A) Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Peoples, will share Gullah music with participants in the Technical College of the Lowcountry auditorium from Noon until 1 pm. Her program is entitled "Livin' Wid We: A Gullah/Geechee Journey of Harmony." (To see images taken at her high energy December program for New Harmonies, click here.) You'll sure to enjoy her upbeat, lively, and informative performance.

B) Southern Beaufort County residents might want to make plans now to join the Friends of the Hilton Head Branch Library for a presentation by Will Cross and Dr. Emory Campbell about "Books on Gullah Culture." This session will be held in the Hilton Head Branch Library's Community Room and also begins at Noon on Feb. 1st.

Mr. Cross wrote Gullah Culture in America, and Dr. Campbell wrote the foreward to Gullah Culture in America. Copies are available through our local history sections under call number 305.8961 CRO.

Sat., Feb. 4th

The New Harmonies Exhibit and supplemental programming is closing with a Grand Finale performance sponsored by the BDC.

Join the BDC as it sponsors the Aunt Pearlie Sue Show at 2 p.m. in the old SC Room of the Beaufort Branch Library. Meet us downstairs as Anita Singleton-Prather becomes “Aunt Pearlie Sue.” Aunt Pearlie Sue delights audiences with Gullah-flavored folktales, songs, skits and history. Doors open at 1:30pm. Seating is limited. Seating is first come, first served. Room capacity is set by fire code regulations.

For an annotated bibliography of Gullah related materials, read this.

About the Author

Grace Cordial has been responsible for the day-to-day operation of the Beaufort District Collection at the Beaufort County Library since 1999.  The Beaufort District Collection exists to acquire, preserve, maintain and make accessible a research collection of permanent value which records the history, culture, and environment of our part of the South Carolina lowcountry.  Besides the research room, Cordial manages the “Virtual BDC:” the BDC web pages, the Online Obituary Index, two digital collections, a new BDC.BCL Facebook page, and the Connections blog.  
Among her duties is to coordinate or present programs about local history, Gullah culture, and our coastal environment, including occasional instructional sessions about how to perform historical and/or genealogical research.