ID: 415550

Saturday Speaker Series: “Gun Shoot at Bay Point: The Civil War, Port Royal Experiment and the Making of the Gullah/Geechee”

Publish Date: Jun 25, 2013
Event Date: July 1, 2013
Event Time: 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Subject: Special event
Venue: Senator John Heinz History Center
City: Pittsburgh
Description: Join the History Center for a public program that will explore the history of the South Carolina and Georgia Sea Islands where the first enslaved people were freed during the Civil War. Dr. Edda L. Fields-Black will lead a lecture and discussion of how the Port Royal Experiment answered the "Negro Question," proving freed Blacks would work, go to school, and fight for their freedom and for the Union. The lecture will discuss how, during the Civil War period, Blacks in the South Carolina and Georgia Sea Islands became harbingers for four million people who were still enslaved and became what we refer to today as the "Gullah/Geechee."

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