The Gullah Geechee: Making Do

The Gullah Geechee: Making Do
Collection of Gullah Geechee Artifacts from the Willis Hakim Jones Collection
March 26, 2019- July 31, 2019

“The Gullah Geechee people descend from a wide range of ethnicities, languages, and traditions. The eclectic heritage of their enslaved ancestors from Central and West Africa prove to make for a unique culture. Originally spanning nearly the entire coastal region from North Florida to North Carolina, today they are centralized on the eastern border of Georgia and South Carolina. Willis Hakim Jones, a Gullah Geechee descendant, has acquired the largest collection of artifacts relative to Gullah Geechee history and culture in the United States.”Jack Hadley Black History Museum

“Pottery, carved walking sticks, quilts, musical instruments and hand-written letters in Arabic all describe a vibrant culture that blossomed almost “untouched” when the white overseers left alone the workers in the low-country’s disease infested fields. ” –  “Two galleries highlight Gullah GeeChee artifacts at exhibits,” Tallahassee Democrat

The Curtis Museum is thrilled to welcome this comprehensive collection of artifacts in March 2019. The exhibit will be open to the general public from March 26 through July 31, Tuesdays and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (Other hours by appointment; call 727-480-7572.)
Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 5-12.