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Smithsonian exhibit on Gullah speech closes Sunday

Jul 21, 2011 3:34:00 AM - thestate.com
The Smithsonian's Anacostia Community Museum is hoping to set a record this weekend.

The museum is hosting a family festival Saturday to mark the closing of a major exhibit about early research on how African heritage was retained and passed on in the Gullah-Geechee community on the coast of South Carolina and Georgia.

The museum plans to set a record for the largest "ring shout," which is a form of religious dance from Africa that is still practiced among the Gullah people. A museum spokeswoman says they hope to have more than 1,000 visitors participate.

An exhibit on the work of Lorenzo Dow Turner, one of the first black linguists, focuses on his 1930s research about the Gullah language. It closes Sunday but will become a traveling exhibit.

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