The continuing inspiration of Harriet Tubman, the famed conductor of the Underground Railroad who guided thousands of enslaved African-Americans to liberty, will be the focus of a Waccamaw Library program on Oct. 5.
The Friends of the Waccamaw Library's popular "First Thursday" program will welcome noted writer Glenis Redmond to discuss Tubman’s lasting legacy. The program starts at 10 a.m. in the Library Auditorium and supports the “Harriet Tubman: Journey to Freedom” traveling sculpture exhibit. The sculpture is on display at Georgetown’s Rainey Park through Oct. 31.
One of the first individuals Tubman rescued from enslavement was her great-nephew James A. Bowley. She ensured that he received an education, and Bowley would later settle in Georgetown County, where he served as attorney, judge, teacher, school superintendent, newspaper publisher and member of the South Carolina House of Representatives.
Recipient of the 2020 South Carolina Governor’s Award for the Arts and 2022 Inductee into the South Carolina Academy of Authors, Glenis Redmond is a nationally renowned writer and teaching artist whose work has been showcased on NPR and PBS. Her presentation is based on her award-winning book, "The Three Harriets and Others" (2021), which celebrates Tubman's courageous acts.
In addition, the Library will screen the critically-acclaimed 2019 film "Harriet," on Friday, Oct. 6 at 2:30 p.m. Both presentationsare free and open to the public.
The 1st Thursday Series is one of the Library’s featured programs. Although presentation topics are eclectic, most highlight a facet of local or Lowcountry culture, such as our area’s fascinating, diverse histories; elements of our coastal ecology; or the unique language, customs, literature, and arts inspired by our region. Presentations are held in person at the Waccamaw Library, located at 41 St. Paul Place, Pawleys Island, SC 29585. All 1st Thursday events begin at 10:00 a.m. on the first Thursday of the month, and are free and open to the public. If you miss a presentation, videos are available afterwards on the Georgetown County Library YouTube Channel.