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Sullivan's Island Excursion


Saturday, November 7, 2015 from 12:30 PM to 4:30 PM (EST)

Sullivan's Island Excursion

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Historians estimate that 40% of Africans who were brought to North America between 1619 and 1808 arrived through the port of Charleston. Sullivan's Island, located just off the Charleston coast, served as a site where many Africans were held before making their final entry into the city. This painful history makes Sullivan's Island an important gateway through which many African Americans can trace their entry into America.

During this excursion, conference participants will experience a Remembrance Ritual to honor the Africans who passed through Sullivan's Island. The Remembrance Ritual will include a drum and dance procession, libation, and sacred words from local Yoruba priestess, Iya Helen Phillips. Participants are encouraged to wear white and bring small offerings for the ancestors including fruit and flowers. The ritual will include time for guided and silent mediation and words from those gathered about the importance of the occasion.

This event also includes a stop at the Denmark Vesey memorial statue.

The fee is $8 and it includes transportation to and from Sullivan's Island as well as a box lunch. If you require a vegetarian meal, please send an email to:

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Sullivan's Island

Sullivan's Island, SC

Saturday, November 7, 2015 from 12:30 PM to 4:30 PM (EST)

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