• Charles Pinckney

    National Historic Site South Carolina

2011 Gullah Heritage Celebration

An African-American woman sews sweetgrass baskets beneath live oak trees.
Photo by Diedre Laird
Vera Manigualt sews sweetgrass baskets.

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News Release Date: January 5, 2011
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, 2011.

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 5
Carolyn “Jabulile” White, Sea Island storyteller
Vera Manigault, sweetgrass baskets

• Feb 12
Anita Singleton-Prather, “Aunt Pearlie Sue” Gullah Tales
Vera Manigault, sweetgrass basket demonstration 

• Feb 19
Sharon & Frank Murray, rice production
Paul & Loretta Hromoga, indigo dyeing
Elijah Ford, sweetgrass basket demonstration

• Feb 26
Ann Caldwell & the Magnolia Singers, spirituals
Jeannette Lee, sweetgrass basket demonstration
Minerva T. King, story-teller

• Mar 5
Veronica Gerald & Jesse Gantt, Gullah cooking demonstration
Charlotte Jenkins, Gullah cookbook
Alada “Muima” Shinault-Small, African tales
NIA Productions, African drumming & dance           

• Mar 12
Vermelle & Andrew Rodrigues, quilting & toys
Vera Manigault, sweetgrass baskets
Julian B. Gooding, African tales & percussion
Charles C Williams, castnet making & woodwork

• Mar 19
CSO Spiritual Ensemble Chorale
Dorothy Montgomery, quilting
Elijah Ford, sweetgrass baskets

• Mar 26
Ann Caldwell & the Magnolia Singers, spirituals
William Rouse, sweetgrass basket demonstration

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. For more information, call 843-881-5516.

Did You Know?

Landscape with trees at Charles Pinckney NHS.

During the British occupation of Charleston, Revolutionary War Generals William Moultrie and Charles Cotesworth Pinckney served parole at Snee Farm, now Charles Pinckney National Historic Site. Charles Pinckney National Historic Site, SC