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Family Reunion Forum


The traditional African-American Communities on Saint Simons Island, off the Coast of Georgia are quickly disappearing and giving way to
gentrification. We have lost much of our cultural identity and heritage.To try to capture what we can of what's left of our cultural history, a few of us have decided to hold a reunion of the communities of Harrington, Jew Town ( no offence intended, that is the actual name of the area for years) and South End. The reunion is scheduled for October 8-10 of this year. Guests will be Michael Thurmond, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Labor, author of the book "Freedom" about Slavery in Georgia and Curator of the Georgia Historical Society, Clarence Nixon, CEO of the Chicago Defender, founded in 1903 by Saint Simons Island native son Robert S.Abbott. Elaine Brown the first woman to head the Black Panther Party also an author and activist currently running for Mayor of Brunswick, Georgia the County Seat in that area. Our theme is "Reconnecting To Our Roots". We hope to video tape oral interviews with elders, collect family histories/genealogies and photographs to preserve in a souvenir booklet. If you are a current or former member of one these three communities, or had family members who lived in the communities and would like to attend the Reunion, contact me at the following address: Historian/Public Affairs, or the Chairperson, or Bernice Myers, Vice Chair at mention that you heard about the Reunion on Afrigeneas. We need you to make this event educational, historical, enjoyable and memorable!

Dannie Wing-Davis

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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