Marvin Grant has deep roots in the Pawleys Island Gullah community. In 1991, after serving in the US Army, Grant moved to Pawleys Island and lived with his aunt, Evelyn Knowles. A longtime hammock maker, she began teaching Grant the basics and soon thereafter he got a job at the Pawley’s Island Hammock Manufacturing Company.
He soon became one of the company’s most skilled hammock makers. In June 1993, he moved over to the Original Pawley’s Island Rope Hammock Shop and he still works there today. Established in 1938, this shop has been an icon for a Lowcountry tradition dating to the late 19th century.