National Park Service invites the public to celebrate Gullah heritage with free Saturday programs.

For Immediate Release, November 2009

Celebrate Gullah Heritage! The National Park Service, in partnership with the Town of Mount Pleasant, is sponsoring a series of free cultural programs at Charles Pinckney National Historic site every Saturday at 2:00 pm during February and March, 2010.

Charles Pinckney, a principal author and signer of the United States Constitution, owned seven plantations. Enslaved Africans and African-Americans on Lowcountry plantations developed a unique culture known collectively today as “Gullah.” Gullah people made significant contributions not only to the Lowcountry plantation system but also to American culture in general. A remnant of his Lowcountry plantation, Snee Farm, is preserved today as Charles Pinckney National Historic Site.

These Gullah programs range from craft demonstrations such as quilting, cast-net making, indigo-dyeing and sweetgrass basket sewing to cooking, African drumming and story-telling, folk-tales, spirituals and other musical performances.

Feb 6 Carolyn “Jabulile” White, Sea Island storyteller
Vera Manigault, sweetgrass baskets

Feb 13 Anita Singleton-Prather, “Aunt Pearlie Sue” Gullah Tales
Vera Manigault, sweetgrass basket demonstration

Feb 20 Sharon & Frank Murray, rice production
Paul & Loretta Hromoga, indigo dyeing
Elijah Ford, sweetgrass basket demonstration

Feb 27 Ann Caldwell & the Magnolia Singers, spirituals
Jeannette Lee, sweetgrass basket demonstration
Minerva T. King, story-teller

Mar6 Veronica Gerald & Jesse Gant, Gullah cooking demonstration
Alada “Muima” Shinault-Small, African tales
NIA Productions, African drumming & dance

Mar 13 The Brotherhood Singers, spirituals & gospel
Dorothy Montgomery, quilting
Elijah Ford, sweetgrass baskets

Mar 20 Vermelle & Andrew Rodrigues, quilting & toys
Vera Manigault, sweetgrass baskets
Julian B. Gooding, African tales & percussion
Charles C Williams, castnet making & woodwork

Mar 28 Ann Caldwell & the Magnolia Singers, spirituals
William Rouse, sweetgrass basket demonstration

Charles Pinckney National Historic Site, located at 1254 Long Point Road in Mount Pleasant, is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. except for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Days. For more information, call 843-881-5516 or visit our Web site: