Lower Altamaha Historical Society

Lower Altamaha Historical  Society

P.O. Box 1405
Darien, Georgia



The 2024 Weeping Time Commemoration Weekend
February 29 - March 3, 2024

Thursday, February 29, 2024
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Georgia Southern University - Armstrong Campus. Gullah Geechee Center.
13040 Abercorn St., Savannah, GA 31410
“The Weeping Time – Past, Present, & Future”
Panel Discussion led by Dr. Kwesi DeGraft-Hanson
Host Dr. Maxine L. Bryant, Director, Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Center
3:00PM - 4:30PM

Savannah State University. Asa H. Gordon Library
2200 Tompkins Rd Savannah, GA 31404.
“The Weeping Time – Past, Present, & Future”
Panel Discussion led by Dr. Kwesi DeGraft Hanson
Hosts – Dr. Deborah Johnson-Simon, Scholar-in-Residence; & Friends of the Library

Friday, March 1, 2024
11:30PM - 1:30PM
The Beach Institute African American Cultural Center
502 E Harris Street, Savannah, GA 31401
“Food as Commemoration; & Researching African American Genealogy”
Panel Discussion led by Ms. Kiplyn Primus, WCLK, Clark Atlanta University, Atlanta
Host - Mr. Johnathan Winbush, General Manager, King-Tisdale Cottage Foundation
2:00 - 3:00PM

Otis J. Brock III Elementary School
1804 Stratford St., Savannah, GA 31415
“Teaching the Future about The Past”***** - Dr. Kwesi DeGraft Hanson
Host: Dr. Desma Patterson, Principal, Otis J. Brock III Elementary School
*****This presentation is for the schoolchildren in 4th and 5th grade******

Butler Island Plantation
7777 Butler Island Road, Darien, GA 31305
Twilight Ceremony - Light Up Butler Island
You may bring a solar light to place on the paths of Butler Island in memorial.

5:30PM - Libations/Ceremony
Hosts - Queen mother Eunice Moore, Elder Griffin Lotson, Councilman Dr. William
Collins, Missy Brandt-Wilson, Darien & McIntosh County Community

Saturday, March 2, 2024
9:00 – 9:30 AM
Georgia Historical Society Marker Commemorating The Weeping Time
2053 Augusta Ave, Savannah, GA 31415
Libations and Laying of the Wreath
Host - Dr. Brenda Roberts, Educator and Administrator, Savannah

10:00AM -12PM
2023 Weeping Time Commemoration Ceremony, Savannah
Otis J. Brock III Elementary School
1804 Stratford St., Savannah, GA 31415
Keynote - Dr. Daniel Black, Professor of Africana Studies, Clark Atlanta University
Host - Dr. Brenda Roberts, Educator and Administrator, Savannah
You’re encouraged to bring Your Umbrella for a Moment of Silence during ceremony

Sunday, March 3, 2024
2:00PM - 4:00PM
Weeping Time Commemoration Service, Darien, GA
St. Cyprians Church (built by freedmen and women; former Butler enslaved)
401 Fort King George Dr., Darien, GA 31305
Host – Ms. Clara Rowsey-Stewart & Mr. Arthur Stewart, St. Cyprians Church


Contacts: Dr. Brenda Roberts, Savannah. 912-308-6417; Ms. Kiplyn Primus, Atlanta. 678-641-2143;
Ms. Clara Rowsey-Stewart, Darien. 912-271-5672; Servant Emannu’el Branch, Rincon. 912-507-0107  



Please join us!










RSVP data from Donna Claytor

Thursday, Dec. 7, 2023: 6:00- 8:00 pm

St. Andrews Parish Hall,

106 Rittenhouse St., Darien

The Lower Altamaha Historical Society had a packed house of 52 merrymakers at their 44th Annual Holiday Party, held last Thursday at the St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church Parish Hall in Daren. The local Historical Society, with a roll of 243 members, meets on the third Thursday of each month at the Fort King George State Historic Site to hear authorities in the history, archaeology and ecology of McIntosh County and Coastal Georgia. Non-members are cordially invited to attend the monthly meetings. The Society’s Mission is to preserve and disseminate the history of McIntosh County.

Photos taken by Tanya Payne








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