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Decoration Day Celebration
May 27 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Our farm is hosting our annual Decoration Day celebration. Though now referred to as Memorial Day, in most Gullah communities it’s still known as Decoration Day. Come learn the history of the holiday, its connection to the Gullah community and how it’s been observed. Our guest speaker this year is Mr. Mitch Mitchell “a proud graduate of Robert Smalls High School and South Carolina State University, where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the United States Marines Corps.
Mr. Mitchell is a retired U.S. Air Force major general, retired commercial airline pilot, and a retired Federal Aviation Administration pilot check airman.
He has served as a board member for Beaufort History Museum and Penn Center. He also served on the Beaufort County Planning Commission, and as a community organizer. In addition to his service as a City of Beaufort councilman, Mitch also partnered with community members, the City of Beaufort, and Beaufort County in reopening the Charles Lind Brown Community Center and the naming of its pool in honor of Mr. Alvin Settles.
Councilman Mitchell is a 2021 recipient of The Museum of Flight Pathfinder Awards, a 2022 Leadership Beaufort graduate, and a South Carolina Riley Institute Diversity Leaders Initiative Fellow.
He and his wife, Kelly, are proud parents of three sons, three daughters-in-law, and five grandchildren.”
Visit the graves of United States Colored Troops servicemen buried in the Coffin Point Plantation Cemetery on St. Helena Island, hear a bit of their service record and join in decorating their graves. Then come hear the stories and songs on the farm, Morning Glory Homestead, as we commemorate this special occasion.
Tickets are available at our website. www.morninggloryhomestead.com
There are discounts for military service members, active duty, guardsmen and women and retired. Discounts also to EM and law enforcement personnel.