Skip to Content
HomeAbout this siteHelpSearch this site The Library of Congress
America's Story from America's LibraryMeet Amazing AmericansJump Back in TimeExplore the StatesJoin America at PlaySee, Hear and Sing
Explore the States Georgia
Photo of a girl with a woman wearing hat with pots and pans
Sally Whittaker and Tiffany Thompson performing the "Carmen Miranda Hat Scene" from the play Swamp Gravy: The Gospel Truth, 1995

Enlarge this image
Swamp Gravy
A Local Legacy

Why does the woman in the photo have pots and pans balancing on her head? She's performing in Swamp Gravy.

No, it's not a big swamp filled with your mother's turkey gravy! Swamp Gravy: The Gospel Truth is a play. Swamp Gravy tells real-life stories of everyday people in the form of comedies, dramas and even musicals. The stories come from taped interviews, which a writer then adapts into a play. Each year there is a new version of the play with new stories. The stories are about life and death, family, and community.

More than 100 volunteers -- actors and production crew -- produce this play and bring these stories to life. It is of such professional quality that the Georgia General Assembly has called it the "Official Folk Life Play of Georgia."

In addition to performing at the Cotton Hall (a renovated cotton warehouse in Colquitt, Georgia), Swamp Gravy was selected to be performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. The crowd was so moved by the performance that the cast was invited to return. Next time Swamp Gravy will have new stories of Georgia life.

page 1 of 1 More Stories

About Local Legacies     

Library Of Congress | Legal Notices | Privacy | Site Map | Contact Us