Celebrate Gullah heritage throughout March

  • Friday, February 14, 2014

Image provided The art of basket sewing has been handed down for generations.


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.

March 1

•Veronica Gerald & Jesse Gantt, food culture

•Vera Manigault, sweetgrass basket demonstration; Alada “Muima” Shinault-Small, African tales

•NIA Productions, African drumming & dance

March 8

•Lincoln Middle High School, steel drums; Carolyn ‘Jabulile’ White, Sea Island storyteller

•Vermelle & Andrew Rodrigues, quilting & toys; Vera Manigault, sweetgrass basket demonstration

March 15

•Stall High School, steel drums

•Anita Singleton-Prather, ‘Pearlie Sue’ Gullah Tales; Elijah Ford, sweetgrass basket demonstration

March 22

•Sharon and Frank Murray, rice production

•Dorothy Montgomery, quilting; Vera Manigault, sweetgrass basket demonstration

March 29

•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.

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