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Oct 30 2017

Seabrook Island Natural History Guild Explores “My Gullah Life”

By Norman Powers for The Island Connection

Lowcountry native Alfonso Brown.

The Seabrook Island Natural History Group is proud to present Lowcountry native Alfonso Brown for November’s Evening Program, “My Gullah Life: Growing Up In The Rural Area Of Charleston” on Thursday evening, Nov. 9 at the Lake House.

Brown is known to Charleston area visitors and natives alike for his famous downtown Gullah Tours and for his encyclopedic knowledge of Gullah culture and language.

Brown was born and raised in Rantowles, twelve miles south of Charleston, a sparsely populated Lowcountry town along the Charleston to Savannah rail line.

He has lectured on Gullah culture and Charleston’s African-American history at the Smithsonian Anacostia Museum and at Kenyon College in Ohio, among many other academic venues, and has been featured in Southern Living magazine, Reader’s Digest and on PBS.

A former violinist with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, he holds a Masters degree in music from Southern Illinois University and serves as the organist and choirmaster for Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church in Charleston, where he formed the Mt. Zion Spiritual Singers known throughout the Southeast and as a fixture of the Spoleto Festival each spring.

SINHG Evening Programs begin at 7 p.m. with refreshments and conversation. Mr. Brown’s presentation begins at 7:30. All Seabrook Island residents and guests are welcome. The program is free for SINHG members, and there is a $5 charge for non-members. For more information and a schedule of future programs, visit

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