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Historic Holidays Author’s Chat: Gullah Days

December 1 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Gullah Days – Hilton Head Islanders Before the Bridge 1861-1956

Authors: Thomas C. Barnwell, Jr, Carolyn Grant, Emory Shaw Campbell

The history of Gullah Islanders is an American story. Hilton Head Island was one of the first areas liberated by Union troops after the Battle of Fort Sumter. With plantation owners absent, the formerly enslaved Gullah people embarked on the activities of freedom: enlisting in the Union army; creating the first black-governed community in the South, complete with a police force; and, when formal emancipation arrived, running for office, campaigning, and voting. This book illustrates in vivid detail the story of that post-Civil War era and the tangles perils of Reconstruction that followed, along with the progress and setbacks of African Americans in the South over the next century.

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