July 24, 2022

The 2nd Commemoration of the 1942 Harris Neck Community Diaspora

Event Description:

Prior to the establishment of the Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge, a small Gullah/Geechee community occupied the lands. In 1942, 75 African American families were displaced by the federal government via eminent domain. Since 1979, descendants of the families have sought for the return of lands that were once owned by their ancestors and the original Harris Neck community -- 2,400 acres. Over the years, various attempts to find a mutually agreeable path forward have failed.

In 2020, the Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) and the Direct Descendants of Harris Neck Community (DDHNC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), and formalized a commitment to mutually agreeable collaboration between the two parties. The FWS has been working together with DDHNC to redefine their relationship, and in partnership, regenerate cultural connections to NWR lands and reconnect descendants with their ancestral histories.

Our event commemorates the 1942 Harris Neck Community Diaspora and this year will be the 80th anniversary of the Diaspora. The event honors the ancestors whom inhabited the Original Harris Neck Community. We hope this event will educate people about Harris Neck but also inspire people to learn about the history of places significant to them. 

Event Hosts:


Date & time:
July 24, 2022  -   July 27, 2022
Depends on Day  -  Depends on Day

First African Baptist Church Harris Neck
7800 Harris Neck Road
Townsend, GA, 31331

Open to the Public:


Questions: For Questions about this event, please contact Gabriela Youngken with Direct Descendants of Harris Neck Community at 609-947-4219 or gyoungken.gy@gmail.com.

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Latino Conservation Week is a collection of events from variety of organizations. Hispanic Access Foundation is only directly responsible for events in which it is listed as a sponsor.