The crafts that Africans brought with them in their heads and hands to the new world were crafts that were important to carrying out everyday life--whether it be making baskets and pots, or keeping peace with the spirit world around them. This 1910 photograph shows "Uncle Sam Polite" knitting a fish net, teaching students at the Penn School a craft that African ancestors from the coastal regions of West Africa brought with them. Slaves supplemented with fish the often inadequate diet that their owners provided them.
From the Penn School Collection. Permission granted by Penn Center, Inc., St. Helena Island, SC.
- This indicator was designed to encourage inquiry into the geographic and human factors that contributed to the development of South Carolina’s economic system. This indicator was also written to encourage inquiry into South Carolina’s distinct social and economic system as influenced by British Barbados.