Scholars have located a song linking a family from Georgia to the village of Senehun Ngola in Sierra Leone. Linguist Lorenzo Dow Turner traveled to Georgia in 1931 to hear people speaking and singing in Gullah. During his visit, he noticed a Gullah-Geechee woman singing a song in "Mende", an African language spoken primarily in Sierra Leone.
Joseph Opala, joined by two colleagues, successfully found this song in Sierra Leone, and in the process, helped people find their cultural roots.
Newman, B. (2020, October 1). Gullah Roots [Video]. SCETV.
Chicago Manual Citation:
Newman, Betsy, dir. "Same Song in Mende and Gullah." Gullah Roots.
South Carolina ETV. Video File. October, 2020.
Newman, Betsy. "Gullah Roots." South Carolina ETV, 1 October 2020,