Cumberland Island National Seashore Turns 50 this year!!
Starting in October, the park will kick off a year-long series of events including special programs, a speaker series, and even a parade!
We have events planned throughout the year, so stay tuned to how you can share in this special milestone!
Stay tuned and check back for updates to see how you can be a part of our anniversary!
We have more exciting events planned throughout the year! Below are a few of the planned events, check back for more events!
50th Anniversary Speaker Series
The Gullah language & history and its ties to Cumberland Island
June 17, 2023, 2:00 pm, Coastal College of Georgia - Camden Campus
Our third and final speaker series event will feature academic, artist, advocate, and South Carolina native, Sunn m’Cheaux (mee-show) presenting on the Gullah language and its rich history.
Sunn m’Cheaux is a Gullah/Geechee Charlston, SC “binyah” (native). He was reared in rural Mt. Holly, South Carolina in a familial village established in the late 1850s. The rich Gullah language and culture he absorbed growing up on those sandy Low Country backroads is ever-present in his life as an artist, advocate, and educator.
He has cultivated a strong following online via social media with frequent viral content ranging from pop culture commentary, allegorical anecdotes, and entertainment, to serious discussions, advocacy, and philanthropy via crowdfunding. He uses this content to promote intellect, ethics, enlightenment, and education—the latter of which led him in 2017 to becoming the first and only Gullah language instructor at Harvard University. In this role, he teaches a curriculum based on extensive research and his own personal Gullah/Geechee knowledge and experience.
Check out his work here.
The Long View: Cumberland Island and the Georgia Coast
Lecture by G. Wayne Clough, President Emeritus, Georgia Tech and the 12th Secratary of the Smithsonian Institute
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Learn about the fascinating history of the Georgia coast through the lens of the vast collections of the Smithsonian Institution. Starting 70 million years ago, learn how animals have adapted to changing circumstances - or did not.
Can’t make this event? No problem! There will be special programs scheduled throughout the year.
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Last updated: May 16, 2023