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“Combee”: Freedom-Seekers of the Combahee River Raid
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John's Island Regional Library - Join historian Dr. Edda Fields-Black, and learn more about this important and little-known chapter of Gullah Geechee and American history when more than 750 enslaved men, women and children were freed one day in June 1863 from the plantations that lined South Carolina's Combahee River. Dr. Edda Fields-Black is an associate professor in the history department at Carnegie-Mellon University, and a specialist in the trans-national migration of West African rice farmers, peasant farmers on the pre-colonial Upper Guinea Coast, and enslaved laborers on rice plantations in the South Carolina and Georgia Lowcountry. Participants are invited to tour the library’s garden to see a small exhibit of rice cultivation. This program is sponsored by the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission, and it's part of the John’s Island Library’s Leaves and Letters Garden Series for adults.