Library Presents Virtual Presentation of Dickens’ Scrooge According to Gullah


The Doctors Bruce and Lee Foundation Library will continue its virtual Fall/Winter series with a seasonal comedy that will be available for viewing on the library’s website (www.florencelibrary.org) and Facebook page (www.facebook.com/FlorenceCountyLibrarySC) from December 1 until December 25.

Donald Sweeper, an African American storyteller and Gullah historian, will reenact Scrooge, according to Gullah. This seasonal comedy is based on the Ebenezer Scrooge character from the Charles Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol. The stage performance features Donald Sweeper acting the part of Scrooge in the rich Gullah tradition.

Sweeper is a native of the South Carolina Lowcountry and has been a storyteller and reenactor for more than 10 years. His expertise is in coastal environmental and oceanic atmospheric sciences, and he is a rice, slavery, and Gullah historian. He is currently employed as a middle school teacher in the Midlands, and is a member of the South Carolina Humanities Council Speakers Bureau. This is Donald Sweeper’s second presentation at the Doctors Bruce and Lee Foundation Library. His first presentation was in February 2017, during which Sweeper portrayed African American war hero Robert Smalls. Over 120 people attended the presentation.

This adaptation of A Christmas Carol is made possible by a grant from the South Carolina Humanities Council and supplemented by the support of Friends of Florence County Library. The mission of South Carolina Humanities is to enrich the cultural and intellectual lives of all South Carolinians. This not-for-profit organization presents and/or supports literary initiatives, lectures, exhibits, festivals, publications, oral history projects, videos, and other humanities-based experiences that reach more than 250,000 citizens annually. South Carolina Humanities receives funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities as well as corporate, foundation and individual donors. It is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors comprised of community leaders from throughout the state.

For more information about our upcoming Fall/Winter 2020 adult virtual programs call the reference desk at 843-413-7074 or visit the library’s website at www.florencelibrary org