From Gullah to Gershwin
A multicultural city from its inception, Charleston has a rich history of visual and performing arts.
Did you know that the first opera performed in American was in Charleston? And the first purpose-built theatre is here, too. Charleston is also home to the first music society and first museum! And, of course, the first great American opera, Porgy and Bess, is set in Charleston.
We will explore how enslaved Africans influenced everything from visual arts and culinary arts to music. Sweetgrass baskets, once made for rice harvesting, are now coveted works of art. The ring shout, spirituals, and gospel are still heard in area churches. Storytellers keep the folklore legends alive.
Charleston also had a huge impact on the development of jazz. The Jenkins Orphanage Band spread the "Charleston Sound" up and down the eastern seaboard and even across the pond in London. The band fostered the early talents of jazz greats William "Cat" Anderson, Jabbo Smith, Tom Delaney, and Freddie Green.
This is a walking tour of Charleston's historic district. We will visit sites that played roles in the city's arts history.
Meeting Point + Tour Duration
Meeting Point Options: Cruise Ship Port, Hotel, Address or Intersection, Monument/Building
End Point Options: Cruise Ship Port, Hotel, Address or Intersection, Monument/Building
Duration: 3 hours
3-hour duration is for the tour only. It does not include your visit to the Powder Magazine. Allow about 30 minutes for the the museum.
This is a walking tour.