July 15, 2010

Stolen Land, Stolen Legacy - The Story of Harris Neck Georgia

Harris Neck is described as a stunningly beautiful 2,687 acres of meadows, woodlands, freshwater ponds and marsh. It has been a national wildlife refuge since 1961 and was once the home of proud hardworking former slaves.

These former slaves built a prosperous and self-reliant community comprised of about 75 African American families. In the summer of 1942 everything changed when the Federal Government condemned their property and took it out from under their feet.

The Gullah/Geechee people are the descendants of West African slaves who through hard work and determination became self reliant. They had their own seafood processing plants, schoolhouse, general store and firehouse and were living the American dream until America once again proved to be a nightmare that continues to this day.

Tonight we are joined by members of the Harris Neck Land Trust, Wilson Moran and David Kelly who are attempting to reclaim their stolen property and bring this nightmare to an end.