Join historian Dr. Edda Fields-Black to learn about this important yet little-known chapter of Gullah Geechee and American history, when more than 750 enslaved men, women and children were freed one day in June 1863 from the plantations that lined South Carolina’s Combahee River. Dr. Fields-Black is an associate professor in the history department at Carnegie-Mellon University and a specialist in the trans-national migration of West African rice farmers in the South Carolina and Georgia Lowcountry. Participants are invited to tour the library’s garden to see a small exhibit of rice cultivation. This program is sponsored by the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission.
May-18-19 2:00 pm - May-18-19 8:00 pm
John’s Island Regional Library
Address: 3531 Maybank Highway, John’s Island, SC 29455