Today in History: George Gershwin & Gullah Culture

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/Geechee History and Culture research guide

Gullah/Geechee Collections at the American Folklife Center

The Black Border; Gullah Stories of the Carolina Coast 1922

A map of South Carolina and a part of Georgia. Containing the whole sea-coast

Gullah historical newspaper coverage

Gullah stories & personal narratives

Gullah oral histories & songs

Bill Tatnall, sitting with guitar, Frederica, Georgia

McIntosh County Shouters: Gullah-Geechee Ring Shout from Georgia event recording

Growing Up Gullah event recording

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

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