• Charles Pinckney

    National Historic Site South Carolina

Gullah Heritage Series 2008

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Date: January 7, 2008
Contact: Carlin Timmons, (843) 881-5516 x 14

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 2008.

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

 

Feb 2

  • Carolyn “Jabulile” White, Sea Island storyteller
  • Thomas Mark Pinckney, poetry reading, Spoken Words for My Soul
  • Vera Manigault, sweetgrass basket demonstration

 

Feb 9

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

 

Feb 16

  • Sharon & Frank Murray, rice production
  • Paul & Loretta Hromoga, indigo dyeing

 

Feb 23

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

 

Mar 1

  • Veronica Gerald & Jesse Gant, Gullah cooking demonstration
  • Alada “Muima” Shinault-Small, African tales
  • NIA Productions, African drumming & dance            

 

Mar 8

  • Vermelle & Andrew Rodrigues, quilting & toys
  • Vera Manigault, sweetgrass basket demonstration            
  • “Sista, Sista” stories & skits
  • Charles C. Williams, castnet making & woodwork

 

Mar 15

  • Philip Simmons, master ironworker, documentary & book signing
  • Dorothy Montgomery, quilting
  • Elijah Ford, sweetgrass basket demonstration

 

Mar 22

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

 

Mar 29

  • Anita Singleton-Prather, “Aunt Pearlie Sue” Gullah Tales
  • Vera Manigault, 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.

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