Saturday, March 2: Gullah Geechee Tour

Advance registration is required for the Gullah Geechee tour and space is limited. The fee for the tour is $35 and includes lunch at local restaurant, Garden of Eden.

The Gullah Geechee Tour explores locally (in Savannah) the communities, sites, history, and culture of the Gullah Geechee people, who, since their enslavement in the colonial period developed a unique culture and language with distinct West African roots on the sea islands and in the low-country regions of Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, and South Carolina. The tour includes the Historic First African Church or Historic First Bryan Baptist Church; the Beach Institute; City Market and Franklin Square; River Street area and the Arched Warehouse; and the Oldest Gullah Geechee Community in Georgia.

Guided and narrated by Jamal Touré, prominent interpreter and historian of Gullah-Geechee history and culture in Savannah, the tour will introduce participants to performance traditions, cultural highlights of Africans in Savannah, the significance of some Gullah Geechee and diasporic traditions, and more. The tour departs by bus from the Hyatt promptly at 12:30 pm and includes lunch at acclaimed local Soul Food restaurant (“Garden of Eden”). All tour stops involve some walking. The tour returns to the hotel at 3pm.

For details about the tour, see:

For information on the lunch restaurant (“Garden of Eden”), see:

For further questions, please contact Patrick Erben (perben@westga.edu).

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