A Travel Guide to S.C. African American Cultural Sites

Gill Family Reunion

The Gill Family has been gathering for reunions for almost 40 years. In the beginning, reunions were held every other year during the week of the Fourth of July. After the death of the family matriarch, Mrs. Lillie Mae Brown Gill in 1989, the family began to meet yearly. Reunions have been held in Dover, DE, Atlanta, GA, Honolulu, HI, Detroit, MI, Manhattan, NY, Fairborn, OH, Greenville, SC, Rock Hill, SC, Myrtle Beach, SC, York, SC, and San Antonio, TX. 

Our family motto is “In God We Trust.” 

We chose South Carolina because our family roots are in South Carolina and history can be traced back to the 1800s. About 50-60 people attend the Gill Family Reunion every year.

In Columbia, we’ve visited the Benedict College Historic District.

We take turns hosting the reunion. The host’s name, the reunion destination and the dates of the reunion are always announced on the last day of the current reunion. The host selects the destination and plans all activities. 

Information about the reunion is communicated through our Gill Family Facebook page, email, and US postal mail. The hosts reserve a block of hotel rooms and family members are responsible for making their own reservations. 

All activities are paid by family members in advance to secure Group rates. When needed, the host arranges transportation to and from the airport and activities. Activities that can be enjoyed by all ages are planned. The reunion always begins with a Welcome dinner on the first evening and close with hugs and prayer. In 2015 we hired a professional photographer to take our family group picture.

Faith in Jesus Christ has sustained our family; we’re blessed to have many ordained ministers, Bible teachers, servant leaders and prayer warriors in the family. 

The value of education is instilled in family members at a very young age. From humble beginnings, the earning of higher education degrees has given our family upward mobility from generation to generation. We are educators (going back four generations), computer scientists, engineers, attorneys, ministers, as already noted, health care providers, etc.