• Charles Pinckney

    National Historic Site South Carolina

2010 Gullah Heritage Series

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Date: January 6, 2010
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 p.m. during February and March, 2010.

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, indigo-dyeing and sweetgrass basket sewing to cooking, African drumming and story-telling, folk-tales, spirituals and other musical performances.

Feb 6
Carolyn "Jabulile" White, Sea Island storyteller
Vera Manigault, sweetgrass baskets

Feb 13
Anita Singleton-Prather, "Aunt Pearlie Sue" Gullah Tales
Vera Manigault, sweetgrass basket demonstration 

Feb 20
Sharon & Frank Murray, rice production
Paul & Loretta Hromoga, indigo dyeing
Elijah Ford, sweetgrass basket demonstration

Feb 27
Ann Caldwell & the Magnolia Singers, spirituals
Jeannette Lee, sweetgrass basket demonstration
Minerva T. King, story-teller
Mar 6
Veronica Gerald & Jesse Gant, Gullah cooking demonstration
Alada "Muima" Shinault-Small, African tales
NIA Productions, African drumming & dance            

Mar 13
The Brotherhood Singers, spirituals & gospel
Dorothy Montgomery, quilting
Elijah Ford, sweetgrass baskets

Mar 20
Vermelle & Andrew Rodrigues, quilting & toys
Vera Manigault, sweetgrass baskets
Julian B. Gooding, African tales & percussion             
Charles C. Williams, castnet making & woodwork

Mar 28
Ann Caldwell & the Magnolia Singers, spirituals
William Rouse, sweetgrass basket demonstration

Charles Pinckney National Historic Site is located at 1254 Long Point Road in Mount Pleasant. The park is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. except for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Days.  For more information, call (843) 881-5516.

Did You Know?

Portrait of Charles Pinckney, circa 1787

At age 29, Charles Pinckney was the second youngest delegate to the 1787 Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia. Charles Pinckney National Historic Site, SC