SC State University's I.P. Stanback Museum and Planetarium Opens Exhibition

Friday, October 7, 2011

In celebration of SC State’s Homecoming 2011, SC State’s I.P. Stanback Museum and Planetarium will open its exhibition, From Africa to Gullah II: Word, Shout, Song: Lorenzo Dow Turner Connecting Communities through Language, onFriday, Oct. 7, 2011 at 6 p.m. The exhibition tells the story of Dr. Lorenzo Dow Turner, the first African American linguist, who discovered in 1930 while teaching at South Carolina State College, that people of the Gullah/Geechie communities in South Carolina and Georgia spoke a distinct language. Through artifacts, photographs and thought provoking texts, Word, Shout, Song deals with distinctive, yet interconnected cultures on three continents: the Gullah/Geechee communities; the Afro-Brazilian community of Bahia, Brazil and the West African cultures from which the other two originated.

This exhibition was researched, designed and presented by the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum.  This traveling exhibition is made possible by the James E. and Emily E. Clyburn Endowment for Archives & History at South Carolina State University.

“Emily and I established our endowment to enhance the educational opportunities for students at South Carolina State University and enrich the experiences of visitors to our Alma Mater.  We are pleased to have our endowment sponsor this traveling exhibit and help host its first road showing, which features Lorenzo Dow Turner’s important work that originated from a visit to the University's campus when he overheard a conversation between two students speaking Gullah,” Congressman Clyburn said.  “This Smithsonian exhibit is a tremendous opportunity for the University and the community to be educated about the origins of the Gullah/Geechee language and to celebrate our connection to that vibrant culture.”

The Stanback’s Small Gallery will feature 30 years of archival posters and original works by Gullah artist Jonathan Green. Born and raised in the small Gullah community of Gardens Corner, near the Sea Islands of South Carolina, he was always interested in the culture of his community. “I had all this stuff in my head,” says Green, “but I didn’t have a place for it until I started painting. My culture is in me.”

This exhibition will featureInlet Bounty, the limited edition poster created by Jonathan Green which will be available for purchase.  Special guests for the exhibition opening will include Congressman James E. Clyburn, artist Jonathan Green and Aunt Pearlie Sue of the musical sensation, Gullah Kinfolk.  A silent auction will be hosted by Friends of the Stanback.

For additional information about The Stanback, contact Ellen Zisholtz, director, at (803)536-7174, Ingrid Owens, program manager, at (803)536-8329 or visit