The Annual Georgia Sea Island Festival: A Celebration of Heritage and Culture

By EMILY MORAN

On Saturday June 6th from 11:00am to 6:00pm and Sunday June 7th from 12pm to 6pm the annual Georgia Sea Island Festival will be held at Gascoigne Bluff Park in Epworth on St. Simons Island.
This festival has taken place on St. Simons for almost forty years to celebrate the history, craft, and culture of the Gullah Geechees on these coastal islands.

This weekend celebration is a part of Juneteenth, which is a commemoration of the emancipation of the last remaining enslaved African Americans in the South. Juneteenth, also known as Emancipation Day, is on June 19.

However, Juneteenth celebrations occur throughout the entire month to allow for more time to acknowledge, reflect, and celebrate the heroic resistance and achievements of African Americans.

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