DocumentThe document includes transcripts for Leroy Browne's audio.
Resident of St. Helena Island, SC (Beaufort County). His father, George Brown, taught basketmaking at the Penn School on St. Helena Island in the early 20th Century. The school was founded in the 1860s to teach former slaves skills and trades, but difficult economic times forced the school to close in the 1940s. (It later reopened and is now a historical landmark, the Penn Center.) It was during this time that Leroy Browne, who also attended Penn School, acquired many of the baskets his father and students had made for the school.
AudioLeroy Browne talks about gathering materials for class.
AudioLeroy Browne explains the process of curing bulrush.
AudioLeroy Browne explains where to find materials for the baskets.
AudioLeroy Browne explains how the bulrush was dried, but the palmetto was kept green.
AudioResearcher Dale Rosengarten reads a passage from a Penn School program dating the first year that basketmaking was taught at the school.
AudioLeroy Browne explains the modern restrictions on gathering bulrush. He can no longer freely go in the creek and marsh to gather materials since the lands are protected.
AudioLeroy Browne talks about when his father gathered bulrush.
AudioLeroy Browne explains the story of how baby Moses was found in a bulrush basket.
AudioResident of St. Helena Island, SC (Beaufort County). His father, George Brown, taught basketmaking at the Penn School on St. Helena Island in the early 20th Century. The school was founded in the...