As part of Black History Month, the Lincolnville Museum and Cultural Center and the Florida Council on Humanities will host a presentation by Dr. Anthony Dixon, the President of the Gullah Geechee Corridor. Come hear Dr. Dixon speak of he Gullah Geechee, who settled in the coastal regions of South Carolina, Georgia, North Carolina, and Florida. Learn about their peculiar dialect, their traditions, art, and their specialty cuisine.
Small enclaves of “Gullah,” in the Carolinas, and “Geechee,” in Georgia and Florida, remain. There, you’ll find houses trimmed in indigo, which were — and may still be — believed to ward off evil spirits. You’ll hear talk of life before the”cumyas,”those who are recent arrivals to the area and the problems brought by the “benyas,”those whose roots can be traced back to plantation life. Listen to traditional spirituals like “Kumbaya” (come by here) that most Christians today continue to sing, although often in more familiar dialect.
The Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor was designated by an act of Congress on October 12, 2006, authorized as part of the National Heritage Areas Act of 2006. The Corridor recognizes the important contributions made to American culture and history by African Americans known as Gullah Geechee who settled in the coastal counties of South Carolina, Georgia, North Carolina, and Florida.
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