So, you’re going to be in Hilton Head at the end of January or sometime in February? Perfect timing to enjoy some events related to the Island’s 24th annual Gullah celebration! What is Gullah, you ask? The Gullah culture encompasses the African-Americans from the Lowcountry on the East Coast, namely, Georgia and South Carolina. This unique people group has been able to hold on to much of their African culture. During Black History Month, you can enjoy a number of events to experience their traditions yourself.
Join Hilton Head Island Middle School students on Wednesday, January 29, at 5:30 pm as they tell the story of historic Mitchelville with creative music.
If art is the part of Gullah culture you appreciate the most, be sure to visit the Art League of Hilton Head Gallery at the Arts Center at 6pm on Thursday, January 30th for the opening party of the Arts Ob We People Winter Exhibition and Sale.
Perhaps the music of Gullah is more your style. If so, join us at Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church to hear several of the area’s local gospel choirs on Friday night, January 31st, at 7pm to kick off this musical tribute.
If you can only attend one event to make the most of the Gullah celebration, this is the one you want to see. Head over to Mitchelville Freedom Park at 11 am on Saturday, February 1st for a tour that not only teaches about the amazing efforts of the people of Mitchelville as the first fully functioning African American community, but also the history behind Freedom Day, as a remembrance of the signing of the 13th Amendment.
Black History Month and Gullah culture are alive and well with lots to celebrate in Hilton Head. Be sure to join in the celebration!