The Friends of the Fernandina Beach Library (FOL) evening program on January 26th from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. entitled “Gullah Geechee: A Family Across The Sea” presented by Emory Campbell. The event will be held in the new Community Room of the Library located at 24 North 4th Street. The evening includes a program and the film “Family Across the Sea”. It is free of charge and open to the public.
The Gullah live in enclaves today in the southeast, and are descendants of enslaved Africans who were brought to Charleston in the 18th century and forced to labor in rice paddies, cotton fields and indigo plantations in the low country regions of Georgia and South Carolina.
Emory Campbell was the first chairperson of the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission established by the U.S. Congress in 2006. He is the author of the book “Gullah Cultural Legacies.” Mr. Campbell served for over 20 years as the Executive Director of The Penn Center – one of the first schools for former slaves in the South. He gives more than 50 presentations per year on this fascinating and important group – their language and culture.