Gullah Kinfolk Christmas Tradition
“Gullah Kinfolk Christmas Wish…Freedom Coming”
Beaufort is steeped in tradition and prides itself in its celebrations. Folks from far and wide anticipate the start of the holiday season, celebrating with the Gullah Kinfolk.
The annual Sea Island Christmas Celebration that is a much-loved and anticipated musical and historical event that happens every Christmas.
Master storyteller, Aunt Pearlie Sue and her renown, Gullah Kinfolk take you back in time to the 1860’s Pre- Civil War and Reconstruction Era on a southern plantation on the Sea Islands of Beaufort SC.
The performance includes reminiscings about Mother Africa, the Middle Passage Voyage, the auction block, the last Christmas before the Civil War, December of 1860 to freedom. You get to experience it all.
Abraham Lincoln has just been elected president on November 6th…South Carolina becomes the first state to secede from the Union on December 20th…Masters in the Big House talkin’ War…Servants in the Quarters talkin’ Freedom comin’.
Through soul stirring music, historic re-enactments, and mesmerizing narrations, you are drawn into that Yuletide season of emotions…sorrow, excitement, hope and joy of a brighter future…Gullah Kinfolk Christmas wish…Freedom!
“Christmas Dis’ Ain’t Christmas, Wit’out Aunt Pearlie Sue and Gullah Kinfolk. Cum and ‘joy yo’self”
For more information about events in the Lowcountry visit https://southcarolinalowcountry.com/events-calendar/.
All information provided by Anita Prather. All photos courtesy of Aunt Pearlie Sue and the Gullah Kinfolk Facebook page.