Maternal Health Symposium
Oct
19
9:00 AM09:00

Maternal Health Symposium

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 as likely to die from a pregnancy related cause as white women

    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. A continental breakfast will be provided.

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Museum Tours
Sep
29
1:00 PM13:00

Museum Tours

Exhibits Commemorating the 400th Anniversary of Slavery in America

Tragedy at Ebenezer Creek by Isaac McCaslin

“Many Thousands Gone” - Prepared by Eric Saul and Amy Fisk in cooperation with The Center for Jubilee, Reconciliation and Healing, Inc, Patt Gilliard Gunn, President.

Beyond Property:  Slavery in Coastal Plain Georgia 1650-1865 – Prepared by Georgia Southern Museum and Department of History

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Museum Tours
Sep
22
1:00 PM13:00

Museum Tours

Exhibits Commemorating the 400th Anniversary of Slavery in America

Tragedy at Ebenezer Creek by Isaac McCaslin

“Many Thousands Gone” - Prepared by Eric Saul and Amy Fisk in cooperation with The Center for Jubilee, Reconciliation and Healing, Inc, Patt Gilliard Gunn, President.

Beyond Property:  Slavery in Coastal Plain Georgia 1650-1865 – Prepared by Georgia Southern Museum and Department of History

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Volunteer Sign-Up for Slave Cooking at Willow Hill
Sep
21
8:00 AM08:00

Volunteer Sign-Up for Slave Cooking at Willow Hill

Food historian Clarissa Clifton and Chef Cheryl Henry will prepare a full meal outdoors over an open pit, as was done during slavery. The preparation will take eight hours. Volunteers are needed to assist in food preparation and also serve dinner to the expected guests. There is also a need for tour guides for the Slavery Exhibits in the Willow Hill Museum.

Volunteer registration link

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Living History Slave Cooking with Clarissa Clifton
Sep
21
8:00 AM08:00

Living History Slave Cooking with Clarissa Clifton

Cooking Demonstration: FREE. Meal Donation: $50 (only 50 tickets available)
Food historian Clarissa Clifton and Chef Cheryl Henry will prepare a full meal outdoors over an open pit, as was done during slavery. Guests are welcome to observe the eight-hour preparation and stay for dinner to be served at 5 PM. The menu is as follows: Appetizer: Hoe Cakes served with Strawberry Preserves and Crème Fresh on top. Entrée; Hoppin’ John with Smoke Bones, Roasted Chicken cooked over saplings, Greens with ham hocks, salt fish with peas and rice, and roasted beets.. Desert: Homemade Pies. During the day, guests may also tour the Slavery Exhibits in the Willow Hill Museum.

Purchase tickets here

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Museum Tours
Sep
15
1:00 PM13:00

Museum Tours

Exhibits Commemorating the 400th Anniversary of Slavery in America

Tragedy at Ebenezer Creek by Isaac McCaslin

“Many Thousands Gone” - Prepared by Eric Saul and Amy Fisk in cooperation with The Center for Jubilee, Reconciliation and Healing, Inc, Patt Gilliard Gunn, President.

Beyond Property:  Slavery in Coastal Plain Georgia 1650-1865 – Prepared by Georgia Southern Museum and Department of History

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 Museum Tours
Sep
8
1:00 PM13:00

Museum Tours

Exhibits Commemorating the 400th Anniversary of Slavery in America

Tragedy at Ebenezer Creek by Isaac McCaslin

“Many Thousands Gone” - Prepared by Eric Saul and Amy Fisk in cooperation with The Center for Jubilee, Reconciliation and Healing, Inc, Patt Gilliard Gunn, President.

Beyond Property:  Slavery in Coastal Plain Georgia 1650-1865 – Prepared by Georgia Southern Museum and Department of History

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400 year Commeration Soul Food Dinner Buffet and Theater
Sep
1
1:30 PM13:30

400 year Commeration Soul Food Dinner Buffet and Theater

Adults $15; Children 12 and under $10. Come celebrate the 400 Years of African-American History with a delicious meal prepared by Touch of Class Catering. You can select your favorite foods of macaroni & cheese, yellow rice, smoked chicken, fried whiting, green beans, black-eye peas/butter beans mix, salad, and your favorite assorted deserts. Of course you have to have a glass of ice cold sweet tea or lemonade. While you are eating there will be a special performance by Gullah Geechee Storyteller, Patt Gunn with guitarist, folksinger, Sirdeepy Frazier.

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400 years of African -American History Commemoration
Aug
31
9:00 AM09:00

400 years of African -American History Commemoration

Opening Ceremony and Community Preservation Symposium

The Morning will begin with proclamations and resolutions from elected officials, followed by "Telling their Stories" presentations. Midmorning will be a panel discussion on "Community Preservation." Vending, museum tours, and family activities will be from noon to 5 pm. The Willow Hill All Class Reunion will be held from 6 - 9 pm

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Volunteers Needed 400 year commemoration opening event
Aug
31
8:00 AM08:00

Volunteers Needed 400 year commemoration opening event

This coming Labor Day weekend is the Ninth Annual Willow Hill Heritage Festival and the Opening for the Commemoration of 400 Years of African-American History. Volunteers are needed to assist with set-up, clean-up, museum tours, registration, parking and adult and children activities. This is a great opportunity for students to serve the community and earn volunteer hours. All activities are free and open to the public.

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If These Cemeteries Could Talk
Aug
17
8:00 AM08:00

If These Cemeteries Could Talk

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.

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Car Wash Fundraiser
Mar
16
8:00 AM08:00

Car Wash Fundraiser

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! 

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 If these Cemeteries could talk
Mar
16
8:00 AM08:00

If these Cemeteries could talk

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.

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Visit by the family of Professor William James
Mar
12
1:30 PM13:30

Visit by the family of Professor William James

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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

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If these Cemeteries could talk
Feb
16
8:00 AM08:00

If these Cemeteries could talk

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).

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