Emancipation Programs

The Gullah/Geechee Living Legacy Learning Series at the new St. Helena Branch Library, 6355 Jonathan Francis Sr. Road, opens on tonight(Wednesday, January 30th) with "Reflections of Emancipation on St. Helena, SC." Queen Quet, Chieftess for the Gullah/Geechee Nation, will host this free program intended for all audiences. The program begins at 6 pm. Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation will do a histo-musical presentation incorporating historical documents that are part of what took place on St. Helena Island, SC as the Reconstruction Era began in the United States. Victoria Smalls, Director of History & Cultural Programs of Penn Center, Inc. will do a reading from the “Diary of Charlotte Forten” who was the first African American instructor at Penn School, the first trade, agricultural, and normal school for freedmen.Natasha D. Robinson who is also a native performing artist from St. Helena Island will present an original piece reflecting the island. For more info, call (843) 838-1171 or e-mail GullGeeCo@aol.com. When you attend the program, be sure to go into the Community Room and see the Lincoln Exhibit before it closes on Saturday, Feb. 2nd! Contact the St. Helena Branch Library at (843) 255-6486 for details about the program or the Lincoln Exhibit. Thursday evening, January 31st, the Beaufort County Historical Society, Coastal States Bank, and the Mitchelville Preservation Project present “Jubilee of Freedom," USC-B Performing Arts Theater, Treats 5:30pm; Program starts at 6pm. Fee. Call (843) 521-4145 for tickets. Enjoy!