South Carolina Maritime Museum Speaker Programs

The South Carolina Maritime Museum in Georgetown will present two speakers in April and May. The programs will be part of their History for Lunch and History at Home programs. This programming was supported with funding from a Growth Grant from South Carolina Humanities. Funding for the Growth Grants has been provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.

On Wednesday, April 27, 2022 at 12:00 p.m., Professor Sean M. Kelley (University of Essex) will give a virtual lecture on the 1754-55 slaving voyage of the Hare, based upon his book, The Voyage of the Slave Ship Hare: A Journey into Captivity from Sierra Leone to South Carolina. Learn about the transatlantic slave trade, how it worked, who was involved (both in Africa and the colonies), and what we know about the Africans that were taken captive and sold in the Americas. Utilizing historical documents from a wide range of institutions, Sean has recreated the fascinating, yet tragic, voyage of one particular ship, the sloop Hare. The presentation will be available at no charge for those viewing it from home/work. If interested in watching the presentation at the museum, it will be viewed on the museum’s “big screen” via Zoom. A light lunch will be served for a small fee. Seating will be limited, so sign up early! Register here.

On Monday, May 16, 2022, the SC Maritime Museum will be holding two events with Professor Lynn B. Harris from East Carolina University. They will host a History for Lunch program at noon, as well as an evening talk. Dr. Harris will present on the Hobcaw and Mars Bluff shipyards and what life was like working there during colonial/antebellum periods, the archaeological work that has been conducted at these sites, and the enslaved yard workers and their roles. The evening event will be on enslaved watermen of the Lowcountry, based on her book, Patroons & Periaguas: Enslaved Watermen and Watercraft of the Lowcountry. More information, including how to register, will be available soon.

The SC Maritime Museum opened in 2011. Its mission is to preseve and promote the maritime history of Georgetown County and South Carolina. Learn more here:

The mission of SC Humanities is to enrich the cultural and intellectual lives of all South Carolinians. Established in 1973, this 501(c) 3 organization is governed by a volunteer 21-member Board of Directors comprised of community leaders from throughout the state. It presents and/or supports literary initiatives, lectures, exhibits, festivals, publications, oral history projects, videos and other humanities-based experiences that directly or indirectly reach more than 250,000 citizens annually.