Many tourists visit the Charleston area every year, a great deal of which are seeking activities that are family friendly and highlight African American/Gullah-Geechie culture. Though there are tours that cover both interests, they are solely offered during the day, leaving visitors with nothing to do in the evening except to frequent the many bars and nightclubs. Currently there are no family friendly or African American/Gullah-Geechie activities offered in the evening in the Charleston area. Recognizing the lack of evening activities, Lady in White Production company has put together a weekly event entitled, When I First Remember.
This event begins with a stage play, using song, dance, music and dialog to highlight and tell the story of the inception of the Gullah-Geechie culture that is unique to the Low Country. The evening continues with a marketplace where attendees can meet the actors as well as purchase artisan crafts, goods and cuisine from local Gullah-Geechie vendors.
When I First Remember creates a fun-filled, family-friendly evening to be enjoyed by tourists and locals alike.
Tonight is our last night in Charleston and we went to When I First Remember. This interactive storytelling journey is heart stirring and heart wrenching at the same time. You are transported to a time where we were denied our humanity. This should be a must do for every visitor to Charleston. – Marguerite Green
What an Awesome Play. Absolutely Unforgettable. I asked from the Oldest to the Youngest: What did You learn from this This True Play about Our Ancestors #IRememberWhen
1. I wanted to get up & dance with the drums. It Sounds like I know the Songs
2. I wanted to cry because the drums told the Slaves danger was coming. The Lady was screaming for her Mother. They took her Mother. They put a rope on the ladies neck. They tied her hands. I wanted to cry.
3. It was good. It made me sad.
4. She watched the kids laughing & having fun. 5. I didn’t know we can eat pigged feet. Have You ever tasted it? Me: Yes. I wanna taste it? How do You make it. Me: I will ask Your Mom if she will cook it for You.
6. It made me sad. Why did the people do that to the Slaves. They can sing Too.
7. The people was good.
8. She was clapping every time she heard the Drums from #adunde
HISTORY, EMOTIONS, QUESTIONS, ANCESTORS
This production is a must see for the whole family!!! The emotion, the history, the music of our people, the Gullah Geechie people is astounding!!! Clap, sing, laugh, cry all the way down memory lane in an interactive setting…bring the elders out…they will definitely want to witness this…. It will have you mesmerized….Get your tickets NOW!!! – Trane’ N’Chel
Thank you to all of your who came out last night! You all were an amazing crowd! And Special thank you to Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture for sponsoring our June 14 show!!