The Heritage Council of North Augusta will have a series of presentations each Tuesday in February in observance of Black History month.
“We have never done a four-week presentation,” said the council’s president Brenda Baratto, adding that they have done a two-week presentation series. “…We want to elaborate on our program and find out more about the history of the area, of all its inhabitants and cultures.”
The first presentation will be Tuesday at the North Augusta Community Center. It will feature a panel discussion on the life of the Rev. George Liele, America’s first black ordained minister and a missionary. Liele, who lived most of his life enslaved, preached at many plantations, including in the Silver Bluff area, said Baratto.
The panel will include Johnny E.H. McDonald, director of tourism for First African Baptist Church in Savannah, Ga., where Liele was the founding pastor; Milledge Murray, vice president of the Heritage Council and a co-author of George Liele’s Life and Legacy; and Carlisle Driggers, also a co-author of the book and executive director emeritus of the South Carolina Baptist Convention.
Future presentations include discussions about the slaves of the Wanderer slave ship, some of whom were brought to the Lamar Plantation; a screening of a documentary on a slave potter named Dave and his pottery; and a discussion about the families of Redcliffe Plantation.
“We’re hoping for a greater appreciation of history of this area,” said Baratto. “How it connects so many people, so many places, so many cultures. This will help create a fuller picture of all of the area.”