October 22, 2021

Today in History: George Gershwin & Gullah Culture

Last Updated on July 30, 2019

Porgy and Bess title page
Today in History–September 2–the Library of Congress features George Gershwin, who completed the orchestral score of the opera—Porgy and Bess—based on the DuBose Heyward novel on this date in 1935. The opera, like the novel, depicted the African-American Gullah culture of South Carolina. Learn more about this remarkable man and his collaborators on the internationally known opera by visiting the Today in History section and clicking the links below.

Porgy and Bess: American Treasure (online exhibition item)

Porgy and Bess condensed score

Porgy, a play (curator video note)

George Gershwin: A Sketch for Porgy and Bess (.pdf)

Scene from “Porgy and Bess,” 1935-1936 Theater Guild production

Porgy and Bess historical newspaper coverage

Leontyne Price of Porgy and Bess portraits

George Gershwin portraits

George Gershwin historical newspaper coverage

Gershwin: Prelude – E flat minor

Gullah historical newspaper coverage

Gullah stories & personal narratives

Gullah oral histories & songs

McIntosh County Shouters: Gullah-Geechee Ring Shout from Georgia (streaming webcast)

Growing Up Gullah (streaming webcast)

Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Act (H.R.4683, 2003-2004)

Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Act (H.R.694, 2005-2006)

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