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Lowcountry Gullah Productions

Lowcountry Gullah Productions develops content that highlights and documents the richness of Gullah culture. There’s a variety of topics and lengths to our productions. So whether you are looking for a snippet, short video or full documentary, there’s something here for you. If you haven’t subscribed to the Lowcountry Gullah YouTube Channel, subscribe and be the first to have access to new content.

Sit back, relax and learn about stories of the people, the history and traditions of one of America’s unique indigenous cultures.

Harriett Tubman was a conductor on the Underground Railroad. She also came to Hilton Head and Beaufort and was the first black woman to be a part of US military operations, including the Combahee River Raid, which rescued over 750 enslaved people. Journey through her incredible life story at the premiere of the documentary, Harriett Tubman | From the Railroad to a Spy.

Premiere and Reception Friday, February 25th at 7 PM
Screening Saturday, February 26th at 8 PM
Coligny Theater, 1 North Forrest Beach, Hilton Head Island

Bonus documentaries are featured nightly.

Friday –  Freedom Day | Exploring the Families of Historic Mitchelville
Saturday – Juneteenth | The Birth of Freedom 

Proceeds benefit the Lowcountry Gullah Foundation Historic Gullah Land Preservation Program

All seats are $15. Advance purchase tickets are available at eventbrite.com
Education to the formerly enslaved meant independence and opportunity.

The Story of Lowcountry Gullah

Lowcountry Gullah was developed to educate and more importantly document the richly significant Gullah culture and its contributions to the United States. As a historical resource and cultural tourism influencer, Lowcountry Gullah provides a necessary and central link to the cultural elements that have been woven into the fabric of our society. With a primary focus on the traditional cultural strengths on Hilton Head Island, Lowcountry Gullah is the bridge between all of the Gullah / Geechee communities throughout the designated Gullah / Geechee Corridor, which includes the Sea Islands that span from the eastern seaboard to 35 miles inland from Wilmington, North Carolina to St. Augustine, Florida.

Preserving the culture is the primary focus of Lowcountry Gullah. In order to sustain the culture, educating people through creating genealogical connections to the Gullah is an important component to our success. Lowcountry Gullah provides genealogy research assistance and guidance for individuals who are searching their ancestral roots as well as looking for a cultural foundation.

Click above for the Story of Lowcountry Gullah
The story of lost friends begins after slavery ended, when families, torn apart by the cruelty of enslavement searched for their loved ones.
During slavery, enslavers wanted to encourage Christianity, yet control the information that was received by creating the Slave Bible.
Most Black people who have attempted to trace their family tree have run into the Slave Wall.
The opportunity to serve as a US Colored Troop soldier meant so much to an enslaved person in so many ways; including just putting on the uniform.

Coastal with Kathryn Episode – The History of the Gullah Geechee – A Walk Around Mitchelville

Freedom Day | Exploring the Families of Historic Mitchelville

Freedom Day | Exploring the Families of Historic Mitchelville is an epic documentary that explores the journey to freedom through the stories and conversations of the descendants of the way makers in Mitchelville. On this journey, you will meet the Aiken, Brown, Burke, Jones, and Lawyer families that have called Hilton Head Island for nearly 200 years. In addition to those families, you will find out how Harriet Tubman and the American Red Cross’s Clara Barton contributed to the success of Historic Mitchelville. Click here to watch the documentary.

Juneteenth | The Birth of Freedom

What makes a holiday worth celebrating? Is it because it’s important to the majority? Or should significant dates for our country that mark a period of evolution and growth deserve recognition? What about ones that create a paragon shift in the trajectory of the nation? What about a date that memorializes one of the most pivotal moments in American history, one that commemorates the end of slavery and is the oldest and longest nationally celebrated holiday in the US? Does that deserve federal recognition? 

That date and holiday is on June 19th, otherwise known as Juneteenth or Black independence day; the birth of freedom. The 19th is the date when the last Confederate state that was returned to the Union’s control, which in turn, set the slaves free. Slaves in other states had already received word that they had been freed, however, recognition and organized celebrations didn’t really begin until slaves everywhere were free. 

Sadly, the majority of Americans don’t know or even recognize the importance of this date to our history. Not in just Black History, but an important milestone in American history and the birth of freedom. Click here to watch Juneteenth | The Birth of Freedom.

Also check out the articles Juneteenth | The Birth of Freedom and Juneteenth | What’s All of This Talk about Reconstruction?

The Story of Ceasar Ravenel

Ceasar Ravenel
USCT Soldier, Private Ceasar Ravenel

It’s not very often that we can learn about the stories of US Colored Troops. It can also be rare for them to get shared. The Story of USCT Soldier Caesar Ravenel, is among the few that not only have been found, but also has a great story to tell that provides a peek around the curtain of the past, our past; a place and time that we can’t always see behind.

Learning about Caesar Ravenel’s Civil War experiences, the battles he encountered, as well as his fortitude and obvious strong survival instincts, prove to me that he was an incredible fighter. He had the perseverance to live through a series of military campaigns that were daring, as well as dangerous. Historical information about the risks to escaped slaves fighting in the South posed additional issues to soldiers that faced torture, being returned or even death! Learn about Caesar’s story and his life as an escaped slave who was determined to became a soldier. His story, like so many other USCT Soldiers, tells of their strength and willingness to fight for not only his freedom, but for the liberation of all enslaved people.

Preserving Historic Hilton Head Island

Most tourists think of Hilton Head Island as a great place to golf or to spend the day at the beach. What most people don’t know is, that Hilton Head Island played a significant role on our nation’s history. The island is filled with incredibly rich historic assets, from the Revolutionary War through the Civil War. From shore to shore, every inch on the island has a great and important story to tell.

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