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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