Friday, February 14, 2014
The National Park Service, in partnership with the Town of Mount Pleasant, is sponsoring a series of free cultural programs at Charles Pinckney National Historic site every Saturday at 2 p.m. during March. These programs highlight the rich heritage of the Gullah people, as well as their major contributions to American culture.
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.”
These Gullah programs and classes range from craft demonstrations, such as quilting, cast-net making, wood-working and sweetgrass basket sewing, to cooking and story-telling. Musical performances include spirituals and African drumming.
•Veronica Gerald & Jesse Gantt, food culture
•Vera Manigault, sweetgrass basket demonstration; Alada “Muima” Shinault-Small, African tales
•NIA Productions, African drumming & dance
•Lincoln Middle High School, steel drums; Carolyn ‘Jabulile’ White, Sea Island storyteller
•Vermelle & Andrew Rodrigues, quilting & toys; Vera Manigault, sweetgrass basket demonstration
•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
•Ann Caldwell & 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.