Gullah Heritage Celebration 2013
Contact: Bill Martin, (843) 883-3123 x 11
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 March 2013.
Charles Pinckney, a principal author and signer of the United States Constitution, owned seven plantations. A remnant of his Lowcountry plantation, Snee Farm is preserved today as Charles Pinckney National Historic Site. 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 plantation system but also to American culture in general.
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.
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?
Charles Pinckney's plan for the new federal government provided for the naturalization of citizens. Today the park hosts a naturalization ceremony every year during Constitution Week in September. Charles Pinckney National Historic Site, SC