Third Thursday Lectures are presented by the Mandarin Museum & Historical Society in partnership with and held at the Mandarin Community Club, located at 12447 Mandarin Rd. Refreshments begin at 6:30 pm with the lecture at 7 pm. It is free and all are invited and encouraged to attend.
Mandarin Community Club
February 27, 7 PM
Note: This month, the lecture is NOT on the third Thursday of the month (our usual date) due to a conflict at the Mandarin Community Club.
Author Greg Estevez, Edisto Island
You might be thinking, “What in the world does a book about Edisto Island, South Carolina, have to do with Mandarin?”
Well…a lot actually. Most folks do not know that there was once a small African-American community on Old St. Augustine Road that was also called Edisto. The people who settled there had migrated from Edisto, SC to this area after the Civil War. They started a church there, Julington Baptist Church, one of Mandarin’s three historic African-American churches that still exist.
We at MMHS are doing research related to our development of an exhibit on African-American history in Mandarin that will be part of the newly expanded museum building. This research led us to connect with the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission, which connected us with Orange Park resident Greg Estevez, who had just published this book. That then led us to start looking for names to connect families from these two “Edisto” communities. That work is just beginning.
Greg wrote this book as he began studying his family’s deep roots in Edisto. He felt a drive to tell the stories of African-American life on this island, including his own family. But it became even more that that as he includes the rich history and heritage from slavery times to present day. Greg will share any connections with Mandarin’s Edisto that we know of by the time of the lecture.