‘Decoration Day’ coming to USC Beaufort

From staff reports

Gullah Kinfolk Traveling Theater will present “Decoration Day, an Old Fashion Memorial Day Celebration” on Saturday, May 15, with two shows – at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. – at the USC Beaufort’s Center for the Arts.

Both shows will be taped for the upcoming release of the “Decoration Day: The Movie.”

The play, led by character Aunt Pearlie Sue, brought to life by Anita Singleton-Prather, tells the patriotic story through musical numbers by the Gullah Kinfolk troupe. The performances will transport the audience back in time to experience Memorial Day “like it ustah’ be,” equipped with the parade, dances at Sam’s Stokes Greasy Garage, Silas Green from New Orleans Carnival, story of the Grand Army Hall and Beaufort National Cemetery, as well as Tootie, and Gullah-licious nibbles. All known as events to commemorate the historic Decoration Day.

Decoration Day, also known as Memorial Day, was first celebrated by African Americans in 1865, right after the end of the Civil War. Decoration Day honored the newly liberated enslaved people and those Blacks who served and perished in the Civil War.

Tickets are $40 and can be purchased at https://bit.ly/3tyfi0L.

The Gullah Kinfolk Traveling Theater, Inc. is a 501c3 non-profit multi-disciplinary organization based on the Sea Islands of Beaufort. It was founded in August 2013 by Beaufort County Sea Island native, Anita Singleton Prather, integrating art, education, social justice, cultural tourism, economic development and equity.


What: Decoration Day, an Old Fashion Memorial Day Celebration

When: 3 p.m. or 6 p.m., Saturday, May 15

Where: USC Beaufort’s Center for the Arts

Tickets: $40 at https://bit.ly/3tyfi0L

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