• 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?

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