Last ‘Reign of Rice’ lecture Saturday at Brookgreen

  • Friday, May 23, 2014


On Saturday, May 24, at 1 p.m., Vennie Deas Moore will present “Descendants’ Voices of the Santee Delta.”

Inspired by great documentary writers and photographers of the 1930s, Moore seeks to evoke the stories after slavery when the majority of former slaves remained along the Santee Rivers. The freed slaves developed small communities which were once plantation estates with massive rice fields. Her presentation will tell these stories in the voices of residents of a freed community. The lecture is the last of the monthly “Reign of Rice Lecture Series” and is free with garden admission.

Columbia-based writer, cultural historian and photographer Vennie Deas Moore’s books include Home: Portraits from the Carolina Coast; Scenes from Columbia’s Riverbanks: A History of the Waterways; Memories from Home: The Fishermen of the Lowcountry; and the Columbia, South Carolina volume of the Black America history series.

Brookgreen Gardens, a National Historic Landmark and non-profit organization, is located on U.S. 17 between Myrtle Beach and Pawleys Island, South Carolina, and is open to the public daily. For more information, consult www.brookgreen.org or call 843-235-6000.

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