Viewings of "Hilton Head Island Back in the Day"
"Hilton Head Island Back in the Day, Through the Eyes of the Gullah Elders" was filmed on location on Hilton Head Island. The film features interviews with Gullah elders who reminisce about their lives “back in the day”. They share how their lives were shaped by family, education, work, church, the Great Northern Migration, military service, work in the oyster factories, farming the land, and how life changed after the bridge to the mainland was built in 1956. The project was funded by the Gullah Museum of Hilton Head Island, partially through a grant from the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry.
For screening dates, times and information please visit the Hilton Head Island Back in the Day Facebook page. Donations contributed during viewings will help fund the creation of The Gullah Museum of Hilton Head Island.
Beaufort Gullah Festival
Beaufort, SC May 21-24, 2015
The Original Gullah Festival of South Carolina was first held in 1986. The festival focuses on education and cultural preservation of the African American Gullah heritage in the Low Country. Our festival is a non-alcoholic festival and is designed for family, friends, church groups, youth groups, class reunions and many other groups who visit with us. Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park, Beaufort, SC.
2015 National Underground Railroad Conference
"an equal chance in the battle of life"
Hilton Head Island, SC June 17-20, 2015
The National Park Service, National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Program and friends, will host the 2015 National Underground Railroad Conference in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, June 17-20, 2015. The theme for this year’s conference is Into the Light: Striving for Freedom and ‘an equal chance in the battle of life’. We will explore the transition from enslavement to freedom before, during, and after the Civil War, commemorate the sesquicentennial of the end of the Civil War, and the adoption of the 13th Amendment. This year provides a unique opportunity to pause and reflect on the meaning of freedom. The location selected for this year’s conference is particularly significant since Mitchelville was established there in 1862 as the first self-governing town of formerly enslaved people in this country. For more information visit the web site for the National Underground Railroad Conference in Hilton Head Island.