Doctor of Ministry Graduate Chronicles Efforts to Preserve Burial Traditions


South University, Savannah alumnus Rev. Dr. Jamil el-Shair, D.Min, recently authored an article about efforts to preserve African-American burial traditions in Georgia’s coastal areas.

“Acknowledging the Ancestors: Preserving Burial Traditions in Midway” appeared in the February 2018 edition of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Historic Preservation Division’s newsletter. The article details the efforts to preserve burial traditions along the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor, which is where many freed slaves settled after the Civil War.

Dr. el-Shair is Pastor of Midway First Presbyterian Church, which has gravesites dating back to the 1860’s. He is also the first Doctor of Ministry graduate from South University, Savannah. He received his Doctor of Ministry degree in 2016.

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