Freedom Day Program Celebrates Women

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FreedomDayMitchelville Preservation Project will present “The Women of Mitchelville” from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 2 during its annual Freedom Day program, in partnership with the monthlong Gullah Celebration on Hilton Head Island. This program is part of a series focusing on the untold stories of the people of Mitchelville and their experiences during the Reconstruction Era. It will include a follow-up to the BBC series “The Hidden Dawn of Freedom” by Peter Jackson with an in-depth conversation between a descendant of Mitchelville and a descendant of Gen. Ormsby Mitchel and a performance by the renowned Marlena Smalls. Mitchelville is a testament to the perseverance of people who struggled to gain independence and went on to become a thriving community on Hilton Head.

Freedom Day in Mitchelville is a family friendly event. Visitors are encouraged to bring chairs, but coolers are not allowed. The event is free, and donations are accepted. Mitchelville Freedom Park is located at 229 Beach City Road on Hilton Head.

For more information, call 843-255-7301 or go to www.exploremitchelville.org.