• Charles Pinckney

    National Historic Site South Carolina

2007 Gullah Heritage Series

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Date: December 11, 2006
Contact: Carlin Timmons, (843) 881-5516

Celebrate Gullah Heritage! 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 2:00 pm during February and March, 2007.

Charles Pinckney, a principal author and signer of the United States Constitution, owned seven plantations. 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 Lowcountry plantation system but also to American culture in general. A remnant of his Lowcountry plantation, Snee Farm, is preserved today as Charles Pinckney National Historic Site.

These Gullah programs range from craft demonstrations such as quilting, cast-net making, ironwork and sweetgrass basket sewing to cooking, African drumming and story-telling, folk-tales, spirituals and other musical performances.

Feb 3
Carolyn “Jabulile” White, Sea Island storyteller
Thomas Mark Pinckney, poetry reading, Spoken Words for My Soul
Vera Manigault, sweetgrass baskets

Feb 10
Sharon & Frank Murray, rice production & Gullah tales
Joyce Coakley, lecture Gullah: Then & Now

Feb 17
Anita Singleton-Prather, “Aunt Pearlie Sue” Gullah Tales
Jeannette Lee, sweetgrass basket demonstration

Feb 24
Ann Caldwell & the Magnolia Singers, spirituals
Vera Manigault, sweetgrass basket demonstration

Mar 3
Veronica Gerald & Jesse Gant, Gullah cooking demonstration
Alada “Muima” Shinault-Small, African tales
NIA Productions, African drumming & dance

Mar 10
Philip Simmons, master ironworker
Dorothy Montgomery, quilting
Elijah Ford, sweetgrass basket demonstration

Mar 17
Vermelle & Andrew Rodrigues, quilting & toys
Vera Manigault, sweetgrass basket demonstration
“Sista, Sista” stories & skits

Mar 24
Ann Caldwell & the Magnolia Singers, spirituals
Charles C. Williams, cast-net making & woodwork
William Rouse, sweetgrass basket demonstration

Mar 31
Anita Singleton-Prather, “Aunt Pearlie Sue” Gullah Tales

Charles Pinckney National Historic Site, located at 1254 Long Point Road in Mount Pleasant, is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. except for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Days.

Did You Know?

Live Oak at Charles Pinckney NHS

President George Washington stopped for breakfast at Snee Farm on his 1791 Southern Tour. Legend has it that Washington ate under an oak. Afterwords he proceeded to Charleston where he was met by Governor Charles Pinckney and other dignitaries. Charles Pinckney National Historic Site, SC