Gullah

The Gullah culture has a complex history and language with direct links to West Africa that survived slavery and continues to thrive on the Sea Islands of South Carolina and Georgia.

In the past, people have described the Gullah culture as quaint and the language as unintelligible. A closer look reveals a complex history and language with direct links to West Africa that survived slavery and thrived on the Sea Islands of South Carolina and Georgia. The Gullah experience has many variables that make it unique to each family and community. 

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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...
Beyond Barbados, Part 5 - A Cultural Hearth
Beyond Barbados, Part 5 - A Cultural Hearth

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The success of Barbados, Carolina, America, the New World for that matter is coterminous with slavery. The labor, the technology, the ingenuity, and the culture that supported this global economy is...
Beyond Barbados, Part 6 - From Whence They Came
Beyond Barbados, Part 6 - From Whence They Came

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Gullah is the blending of all the cultures that came together during that horrible time in human history called the Transatlantic Slave Trade. The connection between Barbados and South Carolina is...
Origins Of The Gullah Language
Origins Of The Gullah Language

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The institution of slavery also made its way to South Carolina from Barbados. With the ever-growing demand for slave labor in South Carolina, colonists needed more workers from Africa to tend...
Barbados' Legacy In South Carolina
Barbados' Legacy In South Carolina

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The Barbadian heritage lives on in Charleston today - descendants of the slaves brought over from Barbados, and descendants of plantation owners, still currently reside in Charleston. How does...
Anita Singleton-Prather | Women Vision SC
Anita Singleton-Prather | Women Vision SC

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Anita Singleton-Prather grew up thinking she would study law and become a civil rights attorney. Instead she became a master storyteller, author and educator. Her work has influenced civil rights and...
Grosvenor, Vertamae | South Carolina Public Radio
Grosvenor, Vertamae | South Carolina Public Radio

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"G" is for Grosvenor, Vertamae (1938-2016). Writer, culinary anthropologist. A native of Allendale County, Grosvenor moved with her family to Philadelphia when she was ten. After high school she lived...
Sam Doyle | Carolina Stories
Sam Doyle | Carolina Stories

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Sam Doyle, from St. Helena Island, South Carolina, is able to capture the Gullah community, and represent who they are in his paintings.