Village Cemetery Feb. 6th and Feb. 20th
Union Memorial (Strangers) Feb. 13th and Feb. 27th

Amy Roberts will guide you through the stories of the persons buried in these historic cemeteries including Bessie Jones who is buried at Strangers Cemetery. Each walking tour begins at 10 a.m. Cost $25 per person. Call 912-634-0330 for reservations and more information on meeting places. Hosted by St. Simons African American Heritage Coalition.

Tributes to the Musical Heritage of Bessie Jones and the Georgia Sea Island Singers

February 25-28, 2016

In October 1959 legendary American folklorist and musicologist Alan Lomax recorded Bessie Jones, John Davis, Peter Davis, Emma Ramsay and others at the Harrington School on St. Simons Island. With Lomax’s help, The Georgia Sea Island Singers went on to perform at The White House, freedom marches, folk festivals, the Olympics, and (their favorite) schools across the United States. Thanks to their efforts the musical traditions and stories of coastal Georgia have been shared with the world and saved through the archives for future generations. The following events have been planned on the occasion of the repatriation of the Lomax interviews and recordings from the collections of The Association for Cultural Equity and The Library of Congress to the archives at The Coastal Georgia Historical Society.

“Around the World and Back Again”

Recollections and Tributes for the Georgia Sea Island Singers
Thursday, February 25, 6 p.m. A.W. Jones Heritage Center

Hosted by the Coastal Georgia Historical Society. Special guests include Anna Lomax Wood (Association for Cultural Equity), Todd Harvey (archivist, American Folklife Center of the Library of Congress), and Frankie Quimby (Georgia Sea Island Singers). Free and open to the public. Visit to register.

Children Games and Plays of the Georgia Sea Island Singers

Saturday, February 27, 1- 3 p.m. Historic Harrington School

A program for all ages. Hosted by The Friends of Harrington School and the St. Simons African American Heritage Coalition with special guests Frankie Quimby and her family from Georgia Sea Island Singers. The event is free and open to the public. Donations will help complete the interior restoration of the historic African American schoolhouse.

The Georgia Sea Island Festival, June 4 and 5, 2016

Bessie Jones and Frankie Quimby started the first Georgia Sea Island Festival in 1977. For nearly forty years this annual event has highlighted the music, arts, crafts, and food of Georgia’s sea islands. Hope to see you at Gascoigne Park!

“The Ghosts of Dunbar Creek: Slave Narratives, Dark Tourism, and the Meaning of Water”

Friday, February 19, 11:!5 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Coastal Georgia Center, 305 Fahm Street, Savannah, Georgia

A professor at University of Michigan Tiya Miles is a recipient of a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship (2011) and author of Tales from the Haunted South: Dark Tourism and Memories of Slavery from the Civil War Era (October 2015). This program is part of the symposium Coastal Nature, Coastal Culture: Environmental Histories of the Georgia Coastal sponsored by The Ossabaw Island Foundation. Go to for registration information.

“The Wanderer Slave Ship”

Friday, February 26, 1-4 p.m.
Stembler Theater, College of Coastal Georgia

Preview of the documentary film by CCGA Professor Tyler Bagwell that recounts the story of a crime that shaped America. Followed by a panel discussion. This Black History Month program will be also feature culinary demonstration by Gullah Geechee chef Henrietta Weaver and new art by Kevin Pullen.

Saturday, June 4, 2016 - 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday, June 5, 2016 - Noon - 6:00 PM

Gascoigne Park - Epworth, St. Simons Island, GA

Sponsored by: St. Simons African American Heritage Coalition, Inc.

Contact: Festival Committee
P.O. Box 20145
St. Simons Island, GA 31522
(912)-634-0330 or (912)-638-4866


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