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The Life and Legacy of Georgia Geechee Susie King Taylor
A website created by the Susie King Taylor Women's Institute & Ecology Center for research and exhibition purposes.
Join Us via Zoom on December 3 from 6-7 p.m. for a very special presentation.
Renowned Whale Whisperer Michaela Harrison will discuss her voyages to create Whale Whispering and honoring the Middle Passage. Hear her singing with the Humpback Whales off the coast of Bahia, Brazil and read more about her amazing life at her website. Her work "is rooted in relaying the healing, transformational power of music through song."
"Black women have always been ecologically conscious in traditional, esoteric ways. From Africa through the Ma'afa/Middle Passage and centuries of Enslavement they were/are Earth keepers, Water savers, aura/air purifiers, temperature gaugers, life givers, life sustainers, and healers of one another and community. The difference is spirituality, rituals, memory, freedom, and equity."
--Hermina Glass-Hill, Executive Director, Susie King Taylor Women's Institute and Ecology Center
Join Us on December 3 For a Special Whale Week 3.0 Event
The Susie King Taylor Women's Institute and Ecology Center is honored to participate in Whale Week by launching The Coastal Black Women's Ocean Memory and Conservation Jamboree- a collaborative effort co-created by a dynamic group of women including the world renowned Whale Whisperer Michaela Harrison. They are sponsoring several beach sweeps along Georgia's barrier islands integrating remembrance, libations, rituals, and song as the endangered North Atlantic Right Whales migrate to the warmer waters off the coast of Georgia, Florida, and South Carolina to calve.
As they journey into the Atlantic Ocean during Whale Week, they will honor Ancestors and their Oneness with all species, and they will remember the traumas of the Middle Passage voyage, and the millions of Africans whose remains lie on the sea floor. They will remember Civil War nurse and teacher Susie King Taylor (August 6, 1848-October 6, 1912), environmentalist MaVynee Osun "The "Beach Lady" Betsch (January 13, 1935-September 5, 2005), and North Atlantic Right Whale #1151, named "MaVynee" (1962?-2012). Asé/Amen.
Susie King Taylor's Connection to the Water...
Born among the 'water people' on August 6, 1848, Susie King Taylor was a proud and courageous Geechee ooman (woman) from the Isle of Wight in Liberty County, Georgia.
The daughter of a house servant named Hagar, who was the daughter of a quasi-free entrepreneurial midwife named Dolly, who was the daughter of Susannah also a midwife, who was the daughter of Dolly who had twenty-one daughters and lived to be one hundred and twenty-one years of age in Savannah, Georgia, who was the daughter of an ooman abducted from Africa who had children with an indigenous man of which five sons fought in the American Revolution - Susie King Taylor reveled in historical and cultural memory in which water, among other things, was a constant natural presence and source of life - marine life, plant life, human life.
She was intimately acquainted with water, baptized in it, and navigated through it, and took her freedom on it. April 13, 1862 she stole away with family members into the darkest part of night and sailed down Grest River joining the Jericho River which meandered into the Medway River which opened into the mouth of the Atlantic Ocean.