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Fast Facts: Alex Brown

Everybody knows Alex Brown, Right?  Mentor, Historian, Community leader, and the list goes on.

But did you know …

Story By Luana Graves Sellars  + Photography by Mike Ritterbeck

Alex Brown is a seventh-generation native islander and descendant of Prince Brown Sr., who was born a slave in 1825. Brown Sr. lived on Hilton Head Island and left the legacy of pride and land ownership to his family. Brown and his extended family continue to live on the land.

[Alias] Known around Hilton Head as Alex, his name in the Gullah culture is pronounced Alec.

[Education] A 1992 graduate of Hilton High Island High School, in 2015 the school honored Brown as an Outstanding Hilton Head Alumni for all the work and dedication he has accomplished for his island home.

[Bread & Butter] For the past 26 years, he has been selling Hilton Head branded merchandise for Resort Retail Associates, also known as Camp Hilton Head, as their vice president of operations.

[Roots] Brown has a special place in his heart for the island and spends his free time working at sustaining Hilton Head’s Gullah culture.

[Extracurricular] Brown is active in the community and is chairman of the Hilton Head Town Planning Commission; member of the Native Island Business and Community Affairs Association (NIBCAA); treasurer of the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Planning committee; Bridge Builder member; Heritage Library board member; and committee member of the Greater Island Council Vision Steering, Our Future Vision, I.W. Wilborn Scholarship and Community Action.

[Hobby] A golfer since childhood, Brown can often be found on the golf course working on his 6 handicap.

[Passion] Blessed with a wife, four children and a grandchild, Brown has dedicated his life to improving the lives of the island’s children. In addition to being assistant coach of the HHIHS boys varsity team, Brown serves as a youth leader and is a trustee and mentor at Central Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church.