Celebrating Local Black History Month

The Rock of Savannah celebrates Black History Month and the Low Country and Coastal Empire’s rich Gullah Geechee history as historian Patt Gunn shares the everyday phrases, meals, traditions and even architecture that originated from Savannah’s West African descendants.

Listen this entire month as Gunn shares a history that will “Edu-Tain” you, leaving you filled with humility and respect for all mankind.

Meet Patt Gunn,

   I am the Dawta’ of Susie Golden Gilliard, the GrandDawta’ of Ada Shellman Golden and the Great-Great GrandDawta’ of a Freed Slave, Princess Shellman from McIntosh County, Georgia.  I am the proud Mother of two Dawtas’, Imani and Ayana Gunn and a host of ‘Dawta-Friends’ from across the United States.

 My ‘soulcraft’ is ‘truth-telling’. I  tell Master Gullah’ Geechee stories of the African American journey from slavery to freedom to create 21st century victories in social justice issues.

 I am CEO of Underground Tours of Savannah,  the Savannah Gallery on Slavery and Healing and The Center for Jubilee, Reconciliation & Healing, a nonprofit grassroots public policy agency.

 In 2020, my Center launched a citywide campaign to request that the City of Savannah ‘Rename Calhoun Square’ to a brand new square in honor of Susie King Taylor. The Square is set for a final vote of approval on November 10, 2022 to remove John C. Calhoun’s name, and a brand new square will open the doors for new nominations.  The Center will request this brand new square be named in honor of Susie King Taylor, teacher and first African American nurse in the Nation,    (Circa 1861).  If selected by the City officials, it will be the first square named in honor of a woman and the first ‘Woman Of Color’ ever honored in a public Savannah square.

Annually, for the past five  years my  Gullah’ Geechee folk artist group, ‘The Saltwata Players’ opens the Juneteenth Wade-In @ Tybee Island as a tool for truth and healing at the Atlantic ocean. My group’s musical genre are Negro Spirituals and Civil Rights freedom songs. On  December 21 annually the Center for Jubilee hosts weeklong commemorations marking the day the Enslaved were freed in downtown Savannah. This years event will host a national Greek play, ‘Antigone in Savannah’, hosted by Theater of War Founder Bryan Dossiers.

What’s my 21st century philosophy? I would simply say, ‘Always walk circumspect and try to bring value to any circumstance – never take value away from anything you touch!’

To learn more about the homage and healing experience of Savannah, visit UnderGroundToursofSavannah.com.

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