Florida Films Under The Stars: The Gullah Geechee Corridor & the East Coast Greenways
October 27 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pmFree
Florida Films Under The Stars Presents:
“The Gullah Geechee Corridor & the East Coast Greenways”
& “Florida’s Underground Railroad: Southern Route to Freedom”
Oct 27, Gates Open at 6:30 pm, Films Begins at 7:30 pm, RSVP online
New documentaries explores exciting historical and natural heritage trails important to all Floridians.
“The Gullah Geechee Corridor & the East Coast Greenways” highlights 3 cycling trails which are: Rails to Trails, SEA Island Loop and the East Coast Greenways. These trails run through the rural community of Armstrong. The ECG runs from Key West to Maine and impacts 435 rural communities.
The film also, highlights the rich area of Armstrong which was settled by West Africans, known as Gullah Geechee, after the Civil War. The Gullah Geechee people are immigrants to the New World of West African descent and have kept their agricultural expertise and rich cultural heritage alive through the years. The Gullah Geechee corridor was established by Congress in 2006. The film interviews City Commissioners, State Representatives & Senators, Florida State Park staff, Florida DOT, and others involved in the projects.
“Florida’s Underground Railroad: Southern Route to Freedom” Most Americans today, think of enslaved Africans running to the Northern states and Canada when they read or hear the words “Underground Railroad.” But long before the Civil War, that “railroad” ran South to Spain’s “La Florida.” Known as a safe haven from a life of bondage, freedom seekers resisting enslavement left the Carolina’s and headed to the northern parts of Florida and even further south, seeking the right to preserve their traditions and language. Derek Boyd Hankerson’s richly woven story, remembers those Southern Routes to Freedom and the unique group of African descendants called Gullah Geechee who are still fighting to preserve their identity in America today.
The film will be shown outdoors at the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Museum and will be introduced by Derek Boyd Hankerson, Film Writer, Producer and Gullah Geechee descendent. Limited Seating. RSVP online.
Gates open at 6:30 pm, film begins at 7:30 pm, bring a beach chair. Drinks and snacks for sale. Free to the public. Limited Seating. RSVP online.