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Gullah Geechee Heritage in the Golden Isles

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The Golden Isles are home to a long and proud African American and Gullah Geechee heritage.

Ibo Landing was the site of a mass suicide in protest of slavery, the slave ship Wanderer landed on Jekyll Island and, thanks to preservation efforts, the Historic Harrington School still stands on St. Simons Island. From the Selden Normal and Industrial Institute to the tabby cabins of Hamilton Plantation, authors Amy Roberts and Patrick Holladay explore the rich history of the region's islands and their people, including such local notables as Deaconess Alexander, Jim Brown, Neptune Small, Hazel Floyd and the Georgia Sea Island Singers.

ISBN-13: 9781467141185

Media Type: Paperback

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC

Publication Date: 08-12-2019

Pages: 160

Product Dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

Series: American Heritage

Amy Roberts is the executive director of the St. Simons African American Heritage Coalition and an island tour guide for more than twenty years. Amy was born and raised on St. Simons Island and is a direct descendant of enslaved West Africans who were brought to the Golden Isles on the Wanderer slave ship. Amy is deeply involved with her community and is the recipient of a number of awards, including the Georgia Governor's Award for the Arts and Humanities, the NAACCP Image Award and the Golden Isles Hospitality Shared Vision Award. Patrick Holladay is an academic, researcher and writer whose main research revolves around sustainability, resilience and community development. Patrick is highly involved with a number of professional and community groups and is the president of the Friends of the Harrington School, which is the support organization for the St. Simons African American Heritage Coalition.

Table of Contents

Foreword Tyler E. Bagwell Melanie R. Pavich 9

Preface 13

Acknowledgements 15

Part I An Introduction to the History or The Golden Isles 17

Gullah Geechee Heritage 17

The Golden Isles of Georgia 33

Part II St. Simons Island 41

The Abbott Obelisk at Fort Frederica National Monument 42

The Historic Harrington School 45

Ibo Landing 53

The Legacy of Neptune Small 56

The Hamilton Plantation Tabby Slave Cabins 59

Cemeteries of St. Simons Island 65

Historic Black Churches of St. Simons Island 68

Hazel's Café 75

Part III Jekyll Island 79

The Wanderer Memory Trail 80

The Jekyll Island Mosaic Museum 83

Jekyll Island Club Historic District and the Red Row 83

Dolphin Motor Hotel and Pavilion 86

Dr. James Clinton Wilkes and St. Andrews 88

Part IV Historic Brunswick 95

The Roxy Theater 96

The Colored Memorial School/Risley High School 98

The Selden Normal and Industrial Institute 100

Dixville Historic District 104

The Communities of Brookman, Pennick and Arco 108

Cemeteries of Brunswick 110

Historic Black Churches of Brunswick 112

Part V Further Explorations of the Golden Isles 115

Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation State Historic Site 115

Needwood Baptist Church and School 119

Gilliard Farms 123

Part VI Concluding Thoughts, Heritage and the Future 129

Notes 137

Bibliography 145

Suggestions for Additional Reading 155

Index 157

About the Authors 159