Celebrate Gullah heritage at Charles Pinckney site
Kristin Asbill, 5, of Mount Pleasant, is entranced as she watches Vera Manigault make a decoration out of a palmetto frond. When she was finished, Manigault gave it to Asbill to pin on her dress for Palm Sunday.
Carolyn “Jabulile” White, a sea island storyteller, entertains the crowd at the Charles Pinckney National Historic Site during the Gullah Heritage Day held Saturday, March 9. The site will have free Gullah Heritage programs each Saturday in March at 2 p.m.
Sweetgrass basket maker Vera Manigault demonstrates her craft to David Sanders of West Ashley.
Celebrate Gullah Heritage during the month of March at the Charles Pinckney National Historic site. The National Park Service, in partnership with the Town of Mount Pleasant, is sponsoring a series of free cultural programs there every Saturday at 2 p.m. during March. Charles Pinckney, a principal author and signer of the United States Constitution, owned seven plantations. A remnant of his Lowcountry plantation, Snee Farm is preserved today as Charles Pinckney National Historic Site. Enslaved Africans and African Americans on Lowcountry plantations developed a unique culture known collectively today as “Gullah.” Gullah people made significant contributions not only to the plantation system but also to American culture in general.
These Gullah programs range from craft demonstrations such as quilting, cast-net making, wood-working and sweetgrass basket sewing to cooking, African drumming and story-telling, folk-tales, spirituals and other musical performances.
Stall High School, steel drums
Anita Singleton-Prather, “Pearlie Sue” Gullah Tales
Elijah Ford, sweetgrass basket demonstration
Sharon and Frank Murray, rice production
Dorothy Montgomery, quilting
Vera Manigault, sweetgrass basket demonstration
Charles C. Williams, castnet making
Ann Caldwell and the Magnolia Singers, spirituals
William Rouse, sweetgrass basket demonstration
Jeanette Lee, sweetgrass basket demonstration
Charles Pinckney National Historic Site, located at 1254 Long Point Road in Mount Pleasant, is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. except for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Days. For more information, call (843) 881-5516 or visit us on the Web at http://www.nps.gov/chpi.