2014 Gullah Heritage Series

Vera Manigault sewing sweetgrass baskets
Vera Manigault demonstrates the art of sewing sweetgrass baskets.

NPS Photo by Carlin Timmons

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News Release Date: January 24, 2014

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 2014.

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.

March 1
Veronica Gerald & Jesse Gantt, food culture
Vera Manigault, sweetgrass basket demonstration
Alada “Muima” Shinault-Small, African tales
NIA Productions, African drumming & dance

March 8
Lincoln Middle High School, steel drums
Carolyn ‘Jabulile’ White, Sea Island storyteller
Vermelle & Andrew Rodrigues, quilting & toys
Vera Manigault, sweetgrass basket demonstration

March 15
Stall High School, steel drums
Anita Singleton-Prather, ‘Pearlie Sue’ Gullah Tales
Elijah Ford, sweetgrass basket demonstration

March 22
Sharon & Frank Murray, rice production
Dorothy Montgomery, quilting
Vera Manigault, sweetgrass basket demonstration

March 29
Ann Caldwell & the Magnolia Singers, spirituals
William Rouse, sweetgrass basket demonstration
Jeanette Lee, 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.


Last updated: April 14, 2015

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