Tours of the St. Simons African American Cemeteries: Amy Roberts will guide you through the stories of the persons buried in these historic cemeteries including Bessie Jones who is buried at Strangers Cemetery. Village Cemetery Feb. 20, Union Memorial (Strangers) Feb. 13 and Feb. 27. Each walking tour begins at 10 a.m. Cost $25 per person. Call 912-634-0330 for reservations and more information on meeting places. Hosted by St. Simons African American Heritage Coalition.
Ebo’s (Igbo) Landing: Read about the site where 75 Nigerian people destine for slavery overcame their captors and definitely marched into Dunbar Creek drowning themselves rather than endure a life of slavery. The story grew to become the African-American folk legend of the flying Africans. Sadly, no historical marker commemorates the site of Ebo’s Landing, which is adjacent to a sewage treatment plant built in the 1940s. The African American community, however, continues to mark the sacred site in their own, more private ways. Some local fishermen on St. Simons, for example, will not cast fishing lines or crab nets in the fecund waters of Dunbar Creek for fear of disturbing the ghosts of the Igbo. Despite the fact that the state has not yet recognized Ebo’s Landing as a landmark, the many stories ranging from folktales to Nobel Prize–winning novels surely constitute a kind of literary memorial worthy of the remarkable story of the flying Africans. www.georgiaencyclopedia.org/articles/history-archaeology/ebos-landing
Slave Cabins: Hamilton Plantation was a working plantation, producing long staple Sea Island cotton along with oak and pine timbers. Of the several tabby slave cabins built on the plantation, two remain today. The Cassina Garden Club has carefully restored and preserved the integrity of the cabins and displays many artifact and graphical histories. The cabins are located adjacent to Epworth-by-the-Sea, a Methodist Conference Center. www.goldenisles.com/listing/cassina-garden-club-slave-cabins
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site: The site commemorates the area where Dr. King was born, lived, worshiped and is now buried. Park rangers are on site to provide information and conduct programs. www.nps.gov
Local Sites of Former Plantations: Coastal plantations such as Cannon’s Point and Hofwyl-Broadfield offer educational experiences as well as beautiful settings to reflect and remember. More information can be found at www.gastateparks.org/HofwylBroadfield and www.goldenisles.com/listing/cannons-point-preserve
Atlanta Civil Rights Museum Lunch Counter Sit-in Exhibit: Travel back in time to the 1950s and participate in a sit-in with fellow protesters. This interactive exhibit allows visitors the close-as-you-can-come experience of a Woolworth lunch-counter protest. Museum visitors will hear the shouts of a mob through their headphones and the screams of a fellow protestor as the mob drags them away. The seats vibrate, so visitors will feel the jolt when someone kicks their stool. For more information visit www.civilandhumanrights.org
Sapelo Island: Located on Georgia’s coast, is home to the legendary Gullah-Geechee culture, and is open for tours throughout the year. Visitors to the island must be a part of an organized tour or guests of residents on the island. www.toursapelo.com
Geechee Kunda: This Gullah-Geechee culture museum is located in Riceboro, GA, is the only fully Gullah-Geechee museum in the state. Geechee Kunda was created as our means of contributing to efforts to preserve and perpetuate the knowledge of importantelements of African Culture that exists in the United States. www.geecheekunda.com/
These highlights are by no means intended to fully represent the complete scope of African-American cultural heritage in the Golden Isles or state of Georgia.