• Charles Pinckney

    National Historic Site South Carolina

Gullah Heritage Celebration 2012

African-American woman sewing sweetgrass baskets in the Gullah tradition.
Vera Manigault sews sweetgrass baskets.
NPS photo by Carlin Timmons

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News Release Date: January 3, 2012
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, 2012.

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

• Feb 4
Carolyn "Jabulile" White, Sea Island storyteller
Vera Manigault, sweetgrass baskets

• Feb 11
Anita Singleton-Prather, "Aunt Pearlie Sue" Gullah Tales
Vera Manigault, sweetgrass basket demonstration 

• Feb 18
Sharon & Frank Murray, rice production
Elijah Ford, sweetgrass basket demonstration

• Feb 25
Ann Caldwell & the Magnolia Singers, spirituals
Jeannette Lee, sweetgrass basket demonstration

• Mar 3
Veronica Gerald & Jesse Gantt, Gullah cooking demonstration
Alada "Muima" Shinault-Small, African tales
NIA Productions, African drumming & dance  

• Mar 10
Greater Goodwill AME Male Chorus
Vermelle & Andrew Rodrigues, quilting & toys
Vera Manigault, sweetgrass basket demonstration
Charles C Williams, castnet making & woodwork

• Mar 17
Dorothy Montgomery, quilting
Elijah Ford, sweetgrass baskets

• Mar 24
Anita Singleton-Prather, "Pearlie Sue" Gullah Tales
Vera Manigault, sweetgrass basket demonstration

• Mar 31
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?

The United States Constitution

At the Constitutional Convention Charles Pinckney presented a complete plan for the new federal government known as the "Pinckney Draft." It was the only such plan that was written by one man. Charles Pinckney National Historic Site, SC