Beaufort ~ Historic Foundation’s Dinner & Lecture: The Language You Cry In


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Dinner & a Lecture

January 23, 2017

The Language You Cry In

Alice Ravenal Huger Smith picture
Painting by Alice Ravenal Huger Smith

African ties to the historic Lowcountry rice culture will be explored in a documentary, The Language You Cry in, at Dinner & a Lecture, hosted by Historic Beaufort Foundation, next Monday, January 23rd at the Verdier House, 801 Bay Street.

The film is a scholarly detective story that traces the song brought by slaves to the rice plantations back to its origins in Sierra Leone In the 1990s, anthropologists and musicologists traced an African-American nursery song recorded in the 1930s to its roots in Sierra Leone, where it had been a burial hymn for centuries. South Carolina and Georgia descendants of the enslaved Africans were among those who eventually made the pilgrimage to hear the song sung again among native Africans from the Mende tribe.

A wine and hors d’oeuvre reception begins at 5:30; the program is 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Admission for members is $15/$25 per member/couple. Non-member admission is $20/$30 per person/couple.

Call 843-379-3331 to make reservations.

Reservations for the discounted Saltus’ River Grill Menu may be made by calling Saltus at843-379-3474.

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