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Heritage Travel: Freedom’s Eve: Celebrating Watch Night and Emancipation

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Looking for a unique way to celebrate New Year’s Eve with your family and friends? Why not add a trip to the Lowcountry by way of Charleston, SC to celebrate Watch Night.

This New Year’s Eve, all are invited to join with the Gullah Geechee people at the historic Morris Brown A.M.E. Church in downtown Charleston for a daytime Watch Night and Emancipation Proclamation celebration. It’s a tradition that is over 155 years old and also known as “Freedom’s Eve” because it serves to commemorates the date of January 1, 1863, when Gullah Geechee people in South Carolina and across the South began to emerge from bondage as a result of the Emancipation Proclamation.

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Experience a traditional Watch Night church service that will also showcase the rich, cultural heritage of the Gullah Geechee people with performances from acclaimed musicians Ann Caldwell & the Magnolia Singers, the Woma Wamalan African Dance Company, poet Yvette Murray and liturgical dancer Dorris Freeman. A citywide, community choir drawn from Charleston’s historic African Methodist Episcopal churches will fill the church with the traditional, sacred music of the Gullah Geechee people.

Free and open to the public. It will take place from 12 pm – 2 pm at Morris Brown AME Church located at 13 Morris Street, Charleston SC. Presented by the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor NHA, the International African American Museum, Magnolia Plantations and Gardens, the City of Charleston 350 Commemoration, and the Charleston District of the 7th Episcopal District of the AME Church.

Learn more about here: https://www.charlestoncvb.com/events/freedom-s-eve-celebrating-watch-night-and-emancipation~15471/

Michiel Perry

Michiel is a Black Southern Belle living a lowcountry life. I love all things fashion, home decor and southern! When I am not running around doing fun stuff for Black Southern Belle, I live in antique stores and have a minor obsession with historic homes 🙂

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Michiel Perry

Michiel is a Black Southern Belle living a lowcountry life. I love all things fashion, home decor and southern! When I am not running around doing fun stuff for Black Southern Belle, I live in antique stores and have a minor obsession with historic homes :)

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