Gullah Geechee: Making Do | January 10 – February 22
Opening Reception | January 10 | 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Collector Talk with Willis Hakim Jones Jr | January 10 | 6:30-7:30pm
Thomasville Center for Arts Downtown | 209 W. Remington Ave
Mon. – Friday | 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
All events are free and open to the public.
The Gullah Geechee people descend from a wide range of ethnicities, languages, and traditions. The eclectic heritage of their enslaved ancestors from Central and West Africa, prove to make for a unique culture. Originally spanning nearly the entire coastal region from North Florida to North Carolina, today they are centralized on the eastern border of Georgia and South Carolina.
Willis Hakim Jones Jr, a Gullah Geechee descendant, has acquired the largest collection of artifacts relative to Gullah Geechee history and culture in the United States. The Gullah Geechee applied arts collection exhibited at Thomasville Center for the Arts Downtown ranges in date from mid-19th to mid-20thcentury.
From quilts and pottery to walking sticks and baskets, these artifacts illustrate how enslaved Africans preserved their cultural heritage in the face of displacement and hardship.
Thomasville Center for the Arts Downtown | Studio 209
209 West Remington Ave.
Thomasville, Ga. 31792