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.

Last updated: April 14, 2015

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