African American History

February 1-28

(except during a leap year)

Historian Carter G. Woodson hoped to raise awareness of African American's contributions to civilization by establishing Negro History Week. The event was first celebrated during a week in February 1926 that included both Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass' birthdays. The week was later expanded to a month in 1976 during the United States bicentennial.

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PHOTO: On March 20, 1969, black hospital workers at the Medical College of South Carolina in Charleston went on strike to protest the firing of twelve employees and to call for higher wages and union recognition.

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Ring Shout Dance | Gullah Roots
Ring Shout Dance | Gullah Roots

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A circular dance called the "Ring Shout" was a part of Gullah-Geechee Christian worship services for many years. APA Citation: Newman, B. (2020, October 1). Gullah Roots [Video]. SCETV. https://video...
Same Song in Mende and Gullah | Gullah Roots
Same Song in Mende and Gullah | Gullah Roots

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Scholars have located a song linking a family from Georgia to the village of Senehun Ngola in Sierra Leone. Linguist Lorenzo Dow Turner traveled to Georgia in 1931 to hear people speaking and singing...
Sweetgrass Basket Making | Gullah Roots
Sweetgrass Basket Making | Gullah Roots

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Nakia Wigfall is a seventh generation Gullah basket maker from Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. Wigfall travels to Sierra Leone with a mission to make sweetgrass baskets with the other local residents...
Gullah and Krio Languages | Gullah Roots
Gullah and Krio Languages | Gullah Roots

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In the city of Kabala, in Sierra Leone, residents speak their native tongue, as well as a Creole language called "Krio," which is similar in many ways to the Gullah language spoken by the Gullah...
Establishment of Freetown | Gullah Roots
Establishment of Freetown | Gullah Roots

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Freetown was founded by formerly enslaved people, many of them from South Carolina and Georgia. Their first attempt to establish an African colony in 1787 failed, but in 1792, more than a thousand...
Return to Bunce Island | Gullah Roots
Return to Bunce Island | Gullah Roots

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From 1617 to the abolishment of the English slave trade in 1807, Bunce Island was the last glimpse of home for tens of thousands of enslaved Africans. Today, only ruins remain, as a testament to the...
Rice As Cash Crop | Gullah Roots
Rice As Cash Crop | Gullah Roots

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Rice is a staple food of Sierra Leone. Rice is not only a favorite dish of Sierra Leoneans and the Gullah-Geechee, but it is also a part of their history. A dike system for cultivating rice worked...
3D VR - Benjamin Mays Historical Site | Let's Go!
3D VR - Benjamin Mays Historical Site | Let's Go!

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Dr. Benjamin E. Mays' childhood home is the focal point of the Dr. Benjamin E. Mays Historical Preservation Site, a destination for individuals and groups interested in learning about the life of one...