Geraty, Virginia

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Geraty, Virginia Gender: F
Virginia Joyce Mixson
born on 9 June 1915 at 08:45 (= 08:45 AM )
Place Summerville, South Carolina, 33n01, 80w11
Timezone EST h5w (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_gemcol.18.gif 17°38' s_mo.18.gif s_taucol.18.gif 12°32 Asc.s_leocol.18.gif 03°46'


American writer, librarian, and outspoken defender of the Gullah language. She authored poetry and books in the Gullah language and produced popular recordings in Gullah. She was also involved in theater and film productions that promoted popular understanding of the language.

Gullah (also called Gullah-English, Sea Island Creole English, and Geechee) is a creole language spoken by the Gullah people (also called "Geechees" within the community), an African-American population living in coastal regions of South Carolina and Georgia (including urban Charleston and Savannah) as well as extreme northeastern Florida and the extreme southeast of North Carolina.

Geraty produced a popular long-playing record with amusing anecdotes in Gullah. She wrote a Gullah-English dictionary, a Gullah cookbook, and a Gullah adaptation of the children's book The Night Before Christmas. She also wrote the script and served as the dialect coach for the award-winning film Gullah Tales in which the characters speak entirely in Gullah, and she served as a consultant to the BBC production The Story of English. Geraty translated the libretto of Porgy & Bess into Gullah and produced her version of the famous opera for audiences in Charleston. She also wrote a Christmas book dedicated to her great grandchildren Luke and Anna.

Virginia Geraty died on 27 November 2004 at age 89 in Charleston, South Carolina.

Link to Wikipedia biography


Source Notes

Birth certificate in hand from Sy Scholfield, copy on file.


  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (Age 89)
  • Vocation : Business : Consultant
  • Vocation : Education : Librarian
  • Vocation : Education : Teacher
  • Vocation : Humanities+Social Sciences : Linguist
  • Vocation : Writers : Children's literature
  • Vocation : Writers : Playwright/ script
  • Vocation : Writers : Poet
  • Vocation : Writers : Textbook/ Non-fiction
  • Vocation : Writers : Translator