Around Town: Black History Month Program

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WBTW) – With only a few days left in February, you may want to do something to remember Black History Month.

Brookgreen Gardens is hosting a program on Saturday, February 27th at 1:00pm called ‚ÄúFreedom Songs: From Civil War to Civil Rights‚ÄĚ.

Natalie Daise will¬†be presenting¬†a 60-minute lecture presentation in observance of Black History Month.¬† An interactive, a cappella offering of spirituals, coded message songs and freedom songs, the performance also includes stories about the songs and their meanings. Daise developed the program to celebrate the Civil Rights milestones. Daise, a visual artist, storyteller, and creative catalyst, is also co-star of Nick Jr. TV‚Äôs ‚ÄúGullah Gullah Island‚ÄĚ TV series of the 1990s. For more than 20 years, Daise has developed and facilitated interactive learning experiences for educators, students, and audiences in schools, universities, conferences, and other venues, both nationally and regionally. Her accomplishments include: 1997 and 1998 IMAGE Award nominations; 1998 Daytime Emmy nomination; Silver and Gold Parent‚Äôs Choice awards; South Carolina‚Äôs highest honor, The Order of the Palmetto; and South Carolina‚Äôs Jean Lacy Harris Folk Heritage Award, given for lifetime achievement and excellence in folk art.

The program is in the the Lowcountry Center Auditorium is free with garden admission. Reservations are required by calling (843) 235-6049.

While visiting the gardens, you can also¬†stop by the ‚ÄúGullah Culture‚ĶRemembering While Evolving‚ÄĚ Exhibit which is on display now through March 13. It’s free with garden admission and¬†visitors have¬†the opportunity to view this exhibit of visual art by Patricia Sabree in Learning Lab I of the Wall Lowcountry Center from 12-4:30 p.m. daily. Sabree’s art reflects her Gullah experiences growing up on a farm with 15 brothers and sisters in Lake City, SC. Vibrantly colored and filled with energy, each painting tells a story about Gullah culture and lore. ‚ÄúLove Grows‚ÄĚ depicts the work ethic of a woman and child planting vegetables. ‚ÄúSon Raise‚ÄĚ showcases the pride of a father and son fishing. And ‚ÄúBefore Convenience‚ÄĚ portrays the discipline and joy of hard work as a woman cooks on a wood burning stove. Sabree, a resident of Bluffton, SC, says her work provides reminiscences of the deep south. She is owner/operator of Sabree’s Authentic Gullah Art Gallery, Savannah, GA; Sabree’s Headquarters, Charlotte, NC; and an online gallery at


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