Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission

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We have moved many of our educational programs on-line for the summer due to pandemic concerns. We also have created free guides to helping you experience Gullah Geechee heritage from home with books, podcasts, films and traditional music.



Urban Slavery and the Heyward-Washington House
Friday, June 19, 2020 | 8 p.m.
HOW TO WATCH: from the Facebook page for the Slave Dwelling Project.

Join us for a virtual visit to the Heyward-Washington House in Charleston. Built in 1772, it was the town home of Thomas Heyward, Jr. (d. 1809), one of four South Carolina signers of the Declaration of Independence — and a slave owner.  We hear much about plantation slavery and little about the inner workings of slavery in the cities.  Join us for a tour of the property and a conversation with Joe McGill of Slave Dwelling Project about his work to draw attention to the hidden spaces and places where enslaved Africans and their descendants lived and died.  Joe conducts these programs to raise awareness and organize resources to preserve, interpret, maintain and sustain extant slave dwellings and other structures significant to the stories of the enslaved Ancestors. And to help others have the hard conversations about the pain, trauma and tragedy that are an inextricable part of the history of these sites — and our nation.  Presented by the Slave Dwelling Project in partnership with the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor NHA and the  Charleston Museum.


Gullah Geechee Children’s Storytime: “Who Dem Gullah … Asks Princess Anyika”
Saturday, June 20, 2020 | 10 a.m.

We kick-off our summer Gullah Geechee children’s storytime series with Kyndra Joi, author of “Who Dem Gullah.. Asks Princess Anyika: Tales of a Gullah Princess.” We’re pleased to partner with the Charleston County Public library to bring Gullah Geechee children stories about themselves — told in the Gullah Geechee language. Children’s literature is an important way to share culture and preserve language. We hope the series encourages many more Gullah Geechee community members to create children’s and Young Adult books about the culture. Born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina, Kyndra is affectionately known as “Gullah Girl” in the community and actively educates and creates awareness of the Gullah culture through her interactive workshops of language, dance, and song.


The Weeping Time Auction | Why it matters?
Saturday, June 27, 2020 |  2 pm – 4 pm | On-Line with Pre-Registration

Join us for an on-line book talk and discussion with historian Dr.  Anne Bailey, writer, historian and Professor of History at SUNY Binghamton.  She’ll address the issue of reparations via the lens of the oral history material in the book, The Weeping Time: Memory and the Largest Slave Auction in American History (Cambridge Univ. Press, 2017).  The Weeping Time refers to the single, largest slave auction in U.S. history during which 436 Gullah Geechee men, women and children in 1859 in Savannah, GA were sold off of plantations located in Darien and St. Simons, Georgia.  Dr. Bailey will also share from her 2005 book, “AFRICAN VOICES OF THE ATLANTIC SLAVE TRADE: Beyond the Silence and the Shame”, which looks at the transatlantic slave trade from an African perspective – a perspective that is often missing in the historical record.  TO PRE-REGISTER:  To register, call 843.818.4587 or send an e-mail with the subject “Anne Bailey” to

Preserving and Sharing Culture: “Growing Up a Gullah Girl”

July 18, 2020 | 2 pm 
HOW TO WATCH | Program will be shared on-line for pre-registrants only.

Save-the date to join us for an afternoon with Reverend DeMett E. Jenkins as she brings us again her program, “Growing Up a Gullah Girl.” Almost 100 people joined us the last time she shared stories and her experiences growing up a Gullah girl, including traditions, foods and spirituals passed down for generations among families on Johns Island, South Carolina. Program is free but pre-registration will be required. To register, send an e-mail with the subject “Gullah Girl” to or call 843.818.4587.


Gullah Geechee Storytime | Anita Singleton-Prather
August 1, 2020 | 10 am
HOW TO WATCH | Program will be streamed from the Facebook page for the Charleston County Public Library.

Gather the kids and join us for another in our Gullah language storytime series. In August, we welcome Gullah Geechee storyteller Anita Singleton-Prather, who is known to schoolchildren across the Corridor as “Aunt Pearlie Sue.”‘ Based on her grandmother, Aunt Pearlie Sue’s character has entertained audiences with Gullah-flavored folktales and she will share with us the tale of “Three Lee’ Pigs.”


Virtual Tour: Lives of the Enslaved on Kingsley Plantation (Jacksonville, Florida)
August 8, 2020 | 2 pm
HOW TO WATCH | Program will be streamed from the Facebook page for the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission.

During the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, many people traveled South to Florida from the Carolinas and Georgia. Some, like Zephaniah Kingsley, sought to make their fortunes by obtaining land and establishing plantations. Many others were enslaved and forced to come to Florida to work on those plantations, their labor providing great wealth to the people who owned them. Some of the enslaved would later become free landowners or maroons, struggling to keep their footing in a dangerous time of shifting alliances and politics as control over “La Florida” was sought by the Native Americans, Spanish, British and Americans.  Join us as Ranger Ted Johnson of the Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve (U.S. National Park Service) introduces to the history of Kingsley Plantation and shows us the well-preserved. tabby cabins of the enslaved that still stand and have important stories to tell.


Preserving Traditional Arts |Gullah Geechee and African Basketmaking
NEW DATE September 26, 2020 | 2 pm 
HOW TO WATCH | Program will be shared on-line for pre-registrants only.

Save-the-date to join us for a small-group conversation with a fifth-generation Gullah Geechee basketmaker. Sweetgrass basketry, one of the most well-known of Gullah Geechee craft traditions, is an extension of cultural continuity from West African rice cultivation and agriculture.  Sweetgrass artistry is prominent in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, where the creativity of the local artisan basketmakers, and the sweetgrass basketmaking tradition has been recognized nationally by the Smithsonian and other institutions for its intrinsic artistic value.  Roadside sweetgrass basket stands are the most visible aspect of Gullah Geechee culture displayed along U.S. Highway 17. A portion of the highway was designated as the Sweetgrass Basket Makers Highway in 2006, the same year the sweetgrass basket became South Carolina’s official state craft  Program is free but pre-registration will be required and limited. To register, send an e-mail with the subject “basketmaking” to or call 843.818.4587.