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A Gullah Geechee Christmas with Aunt Pearlie Sue

December 6, 2019 @ 7:00 pm

Experience the spirit of the holiday season the first weekend in December in historic Beaufort, S.C. with a soul stirring, foot tapping musical celebration of Gullah Geechee feasts, live music, original art, drama and storytelling.

Festivities begin Friday, December 6, with Aunt Pearlie Sue and the Gullah Kinfolk, who will perform a Gullah Kinfolk Christmas Wish… Freedom Comin’ at 7 p.m. at the University of South Carolina-Beaufort’s Performing Arts Center (805 Carteret Street).

Historian, writer, singer, storyteller, teacher and ordained minister Anita Singleton-Prather (Aunt Pearlie Sue) leads a cast of twenty plus singers, dancers, actors and musicians who tell an original story of Christmas in 1862 just before the start of the Civil War and shortly after South Carolina secedes from the Union. The show is set in the “quarters” and “big house” of a Sea Island plantation where the hope of freedom among the Gullah Geechee people is expressed through storytelling and song.

Admission to the Friday show includes a Gullah Geechee dessert buffet and “Da’ Market Place Artists Showcase” where paintings, crafts, jewelry and other items will be available for sale directly from the artists.

Tickets are $35 in advance or $40 at the door. Admission for children age 7 to 17 is $15.


USC Beaufort Performing Arts Center
Beaufort, SC United States


Beaufort County Black Chamber of Commerce