Florence County Library – Digging Your Roots: Basic Research and Tips for Tracing African-American Ancestors

The Florence County Library System will celebrate Black History Month with a free African-American genealogy program on Saturday, February 24, at 11:00 a. m. Genealogy expert Wevonneda Minis will present “Digging Your Roots: Basic Research and Tips for Tracing African-American Ancestors.”


Minis is a Charleston-based researcher, speaker, and writer with 24 years of experience in genealogy. Her credentials include: President of the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors, board member of the South Carolina Archives and History Foundation, board member of The South Carolina Genealogical Society, and founder of Roots and Branches: An African-American Genealogy Project (www.gullahroots.com). Her concentration is African-American and Caucasian families in Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, the Bahamas, England, Scotland and the Republic of Guinea, West Africa.


During Saturday’s presentation Minis will focus on genealogy research methods and tracing African-American and former slave-owning families.

Space is limited and registration is required. Please call 843-413-7074 to register or for more information. This educational program is made possible by Friends of Florence County Library. The Doctors Bruce and Lee Foundation Library is located at 509 S. Dargan Street in Florence.

Art Exhibition of Leo Twiggs


The Doctors Bruce and Lee Foundation Library’s Morris Gallery, in partnership with Francis Marion University, will exhibit the works of renowned artist Leo Twiggs during the month of February in an exhibition entitled Requiem for Mother Emanuel.


Within weeks of the tragedy at “Mother Emanuel” AME Church, Twiggs began painting as a cathartic means of coping with the event’s horror and the awe he felt as South Carolinians unite in what he describes as “the state’s most humane moment.” These works have been described as the most compelling and poignant of his sixty year career. Twiggs is the recipient of several awards including the Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Award and the Order of the Palmetto.


The Doctor N. Lee Morris Gallery is located on the second floor of the Drs. Bruce and Lee Foundation Library in Florence and is open Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 8:15 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.; and Sunday, 2:00 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. Sponsored by Friends of Florence County Library. For more information about the exhibit and related events, please visit www.florencelibrary.org

‘Come Celebrate Jamestown

“The spoken word occupies a central and indispensable position in African American history and culture. – … the oral tradition carried African narratives to a new continent and sustained them through bondage; as a political catalyst, speech defined the struggle for freedom and moved ordinary people to extraordinary acts of courage; and as an art form, the word has conveyed itself forcefully and dramatically by drawing on the rich African American musical heritage” (Smithsonian Folkways, 2016). For this reason, and many more, members of the ‘Celebrate Jamestown’ Event Committee decided to incorporate this component into our annual heritage event, as we continue to acknowledge our impact on the history of the Pee Dee Region in South Carolina.

As we continue to broaden the scope of our event, we believe that the spoken word is a necessary aspect of this celebration and recognition. We want to preserve the rich oral tradition of our ancestors by providing those who want to be heard with an opportunity to do so. Our celebration is a history-making event, and we want to encourage people of all ages and backgrounds to participate by means of oral expressions in 2016!

http://www.folkways.si.edu/say-loud- african-american- spoken-word/struggle- protest/article/smithsonian

Book Signing: Dorothea Benton Frank

New York Times bestselling author Dorothea Benton Frank will present and autograph her new book All Summer Long.

All Summer Long follows one charming New York couple— glamorous interior designer Olivia Ritchie and her husband Nicholas, a true southern gentleman from Charleston—as they are swept up into the world of the ultra-rich and travel the globe with a cast of zany eccentrics over one tumultuous, hot summer, and find themselves pondering the next step of their lives.

This is a story of how plans evolve and lives change in unexpected ways, how even those who have everything are looking for something more to fulfill them and even the most successful can often struggle to get things together. It asks the ultimate question: can money buy happiness?

From Sullivans Island to Necker Island to the beaches of Southern Spain, we’ll come to recognize the face of true love, the kind that deepens and endures but only because one woman makes a tremendous leap of faith. And that leap changes them all.