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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Savannah Main Panel, Part 5 - Herman Blake
Savannah Main Panel, Part 5 - Herman Blake

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Dr. J. Herman Blake, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission, discusses the often misunderstood and misinterpreted Gullah Geechee community. Blake...
Anita Singleton-Prather | Digital Traditions
Anita Singleton-Prather | Digital Traditions

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Anita Singleton-Prather is an entrepreneur, Gullah scholar, entertainer, and master storyteller. She brings Gullah culture to countless people through “Aunt Pearlie Sue,” a character inspired by her...
Gullah Glossary | GullahNet
Gullah Glossary | GullahNet

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benne wafer (ben.ne wa.fer) n. - a cookie made with sesame seeds and eaten for good luck; introduced by slaves from West Africa. / cast (cast) v. - to throw or fling. chaff (chaff) n. - lightweight...
Homecoming, Part 5 - Leo Twiggs' Roots
Homecoming, Part 5 - Leo Twiggs' Roots

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During the exhibition,Twiggs traveled back to his native Saint Stephens. There, met by his brother George, he ventured inside the house where he grew up. The brother had the house built for their...
Homecoming, Part 3 - Jonathan Green's Art
Homecoming, Part 3 - Jonathan Green's Art

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Jonathan Green makes his home in Naples, Florida. There he has both his studio and a showcase gallery. He shares a painting he did in 1990 that shows the house he was raised in Gardens Corner, South...
Homecoming, Part 2 - Jonathan Green's Roots
Homecoming, Part 2 - Jonathan Green's Roots

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Jonathan Green discusses how he was raised by his grandmother. He had a large family and life was centered around Huspah Baptist Church often 2-3 times a week. Green was born with a veil, a fact he...