Charleston County Parks News

Posted on: February 21, 2017

McLeod Plantation kicks off new art series March 4

Image of Sonja Griffin Evans

[JAMES ISLAND] – The Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission (CCPRC) proudly presents a new four-part art series at McLeod Plantation Historic Site, with the first event taking place March 4 and 5.

The historic plantation on James Island will host “American Gullah – Paintings of a People and a Place” on Saturday, March 4 and Sunday, March 5 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Artist Sonja Griffin Evans will be on site for a two-day exhibition of her American Gullah Collection. Her collection communicates the Gullah people’s culture, brings to life their stories, and provokes a yearning to learn and visit places that encompass Gullah history and spirituality. The exhibition is included with general admission to McLeod Plantation Historic Site.

On Sunday, April 23, McLeod Plantation will host its second annual Lowcountry Voices concert, entitled “Lowcountry Voices: A Lowcountry Journey.” This diverse choral group will perform music from African traditions to the hymns, spirituals, and gospel music of the Lowcountry. The park gate will open at 5 p.m. for a guided tour, and the concert will begin at 6 p.m. Admission to this special event evening is $18 ($15 for Charleston County residents who register in advance), and pre-registration is encouraged.

Artist Sonja Griffin Evans will return on Saturday, May 20 for a special guided painting program entitled “Capture History with Art at McLeod Plantation.” From 9 – 11:30 a.m., Evans will help participants bring out their inner artist as they capture and preserve their stories on a canvas to take home. The program will include a tour to hear the stories of former residents of McLeod Plantation. The program is appropriate for beginner painters, but all levels are welcome. Supplies are provided and advance registration is recommended.

On Sunday, June 18, the public is invited to join Kendra Hamilton for a poetry reading and book signing, free with admission to McLeod Plantation, from 2 – 4 p.m. Providing a modern perspective on the experiences of African Americans on plantations, Hamilton is a Cave Canem fellow and author of “The Goddess of Gumbo” and “Romancing the Gullah.”

Advance registration for the April 23 and May 20 events in the McLeod Plantation art series is available at CharlestonCountyParks.com or by calling 843-795-4386.

Located on James Island and owned and operated by CCPRC, McLeod Plantation Historic Site is a former sea island cotton plantation that has borne witness to some of the most significant periods of Charleston history. Today McLeod Plantation is an important 37-acre Gullah-Geechee heritage site carefully preserved in recognition of its cultural and historical significance. The site’s buildings include homes that make up Transition Row, where enslaved families and their free descendants lived during the 19th and 20th centuries.

McLeod Plantation Historic Site is open for regular visitation every Tuesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, visit CharlestonCountyParks.com/McLeod or call 843-762-9514.

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