The Gaillard Center today announced a series of events from July 14-16 to celebrate the bicentenary of renowned freedom fighter Denmark Vesey’s uprising to free the enslaved blacks of Charleston.
The celebration, which will be made up of three days of free and paid events featuring major names both local and national, is a joint venture. The Gaillard is pairing up with Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church and the soon-to-open International African American Museum.
The celebration will consist of discussion panels, musical and comedy performances, and art and history installations. Tickets will go on sale Thursday May 19 at 11 a.m.
Leading the events is a Vesey discussion panel featuring Mother Emanuel AME Church historian Lee J. Bennett, Jr., comedian W. Kamau Bell, media mogul Charlamagne tha God, IAAM president Dr. Tonya M. Matthews, Avery Research Center Executive Director Dr. Tamara Butler and librettist and poet BAMUTHI.
Grammy Award-winning singer Anthony Hamilton will perform a show at the Gaillard. Charleston Symphony will join with Lowcountry Voices for a free concert. And legendary comedian DL Hughley will bring his stand-up show to Charleston.
For more information on the shows, artists, and events, head to gaillardcenter.org. Members will receive presale ticket access.