Opening Ceremony and Community Preservation Symposium
The Commission's logo symbolizes 400 years of African-American history: the drum stands for global communications and healing; segmented chains represent breaking the cycle of slavery and the perpetual struggle for equality; two stars depict balance between inspiration and aspiration.
Ted Ellis/400 Years of African-American History Commission
Please join us Saturday, August 31st (6:00 PM - 9:00 PM) for the Willow Hill - All Classes Reunion. Come and enjoy the evening gathering, re-connecting, and reminiscing. Please share to spread the word. Click on the link below to register for this event.
Soul Food Dinner Buffet by Touch of Class( Annette McCray ) $15 Fundraiser
Entree Smoked Chicken and Fried Whiting
Sides: Yellow rice , Macaroni and Cheese, Green Beans, Black Eyed peas and Butter bean mix
Green Salad , Yeast rolls and dessert. Beverage: Tea, Lemonade, water
dinner served from 2:00 PM until 3:30 PM
Saltwata Players with Pat Gunn and Company. Pat Gunn is CEO of Underground Tours of Savannah and Gullah Geechefrome Master Storyteller. Their reenactment of antebellum life in Georgia includes authentic Gullah Geechee ring shout and freedom song serenades.
Saving Women’s Lives before during and after delivery
700 women die annually from pregnancy related complications in the US
About 3 in 5 pregnancy related deaths could be prevented
1 in 3 pregnancy related deaths occur 1 week to 1 year after delivery
Black and American Indian/Alaska Native women are 3 x more likely to die from a pregnancy related cause as white women
source CDC vital signs
Please join us as we meet the experts in Georgia who are working to close the health care gaps for women. We need your help. Your voice is an important part of the discussion.
Join food historian Clarissa Lynch for an outdoor dinner and cooking demonstration using traditional slave cooking techniques. This is a fundraising effort to help support the reconstruction and restoration of the Bennett Grove School, the last African -American one- room schoolhouse in Bulloch County, GA
Lecture by Debbie Gaskin Masters candidate in history . Georgia Southern University
Antioch Missionary Baptist Church is the oldest African-American Church in Bulloch County, Georgia, being established during slavery, on September 10, 1863. The tour of the cemetery will be on Saturday, August 17, 2019. Participants will meet at the Luetta Moore Park (121 Martin Luther King Drive, Statesboro), at 8 AM and travel to Antioch MB Church (197 Antioch Church Road. Brooklet, GA 30461) for a 9 AM tour led by oral historian, Dr. Alvin D. Jackson. There are 561 known graves in Antioch Cemetery with 198 being unmarked. The community is invited to attend the tour and assist Dr. Jackson in identifying these unmarked graves of free people and former slaves.
Join us for a fundraising car wash at the Statesboro AutoShine. Tickets must be purchased in advance before Saturday March 16th, 2019. This fundraiser is to support activities at the Willow HIll Heritage and Renaissance center for the 400 year commemoration of African-American history. Activities will be free and open to the public.
Commemoration of 400 Years of African-American History
In August of 1619, the first Africans were sold into bondage in Point Comfort, Virginia. Now, in 2019, the Commemoration of 400 years of African American History is a national movement. The Willow Hill Heritage and Renaissance Center is planning activities which tell the whole story of African-American Life and Culture in Bulloch and surrounding Georgia counties - including the diaspora, slavery, emancipation, reconstruction, KKK, Jim Crow, segregation, voting rights, civil rights, and integration, up to the election of the first Black President. We ask you all to join us in telling this story through music, theater, spoken word, the arts, discussions, writings and so much more. YOU TOO HAVE A STORY TO TELL!
Oral Historian, Dr. Alvin D. Jackson, will conduct a tour of the Old Bethel Primitive Baptist Church (since 1882) Cemetery on March 16, 2019. He will discuss the lives of enslaved and free people who rest in those graves. The names of all 7 known former slaves will be called. Participants will meet at the Historic Willow Hill School, 4235 Willow Hill Road (Portal, GA), at 8 AM and travel to the cemetery for an hour long tour. This event is the second in a series of monthly cemetery tours of the 33 known African American Cemeteries of Bulloch County, Georgia. The tours will take place the third Saturday of each month. This event is sponsored by the Willow Hill Heritage and Renaissance Center and is free and open to the public. This event honors the Commemoration of 400 Years of African-American History (1619-2019). Call (912) 800-1467 for more information.
William James School Alumni and the Bulloch County Community are invited to a Meet and Greet with representatives of the family of Professor William James on Tuesday March 12, 2019 from 1:30 to 3:30 PM at the Willow Hill Heritage and Renaissance Center. Professor William James is the founder of the Statesboro High and Industrial school which was renamed William James in 1948. The family will be working with Willow Hill to ensure that the memory of Professor James is preserved and to initiate discussions on establishing a historical marker in Bulloch county in his honor. The family members will be travelling from Boston, Massachusetts; Chicago , Illinois; and Wilmington, Delaware
Oral Historian, Dr. Alvin D. Jackson, will conduct a tour of the Old Mt. Pisgah Primitive Baptist Church (since 1883) Cemetery on February 16, 2019. He will discuss the lives of enslaved and free people who rest in those graves. The names of all 33 known former slaves will be called. Participants will meet at the Historic Willow Hill School, 4235 Willow Hill Road (Portal, GA), at 8 AM and travel to the cemetery for an hour long tour. This event is the first of a series of monthly cemetery tours of the 33 known African American Cemeteries of Bulloch County, Georgia. The tours will take place the third Saturday of each month. This event is sponsored by the Willow Hill Heritage and Renaissance Center and is free and open to the public. This event honors the Commemoration of 400 Years of African-American History (1619-2019).
Join the Advisory Council of the Willow Hill Heritage and Renaissance as we tour this important exhibit