Gullah Cultural Heritage of Hilton Head Island

Gullah Cultural Heritage of Hilton Head Island
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Gullah Traditions and Legacies

Gullah is the West African traditions, customs, beliefs, art forms and family life that have been retained among African Americans in the South Carolina and Georgia Sea Islands. The culture has survived centuries of slavery and more than a century of free lifestyle. Modern resort development began influencing the culture in the 1950's. (Source: Gullah Heritage Consulting Services)


In the above video, Travel Show host Erik Hastings experiences Gullah's rich history and culture on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. Erik visits the Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn, the Stoney-Baynard Ruins, and the Mitchelville schoolhouse, site of the South's first freedman's village. Historians Dr. Emory Campbell and Louise Cohen give a first-hand account of Gullah heritage from rice plantation origins to current Gullah Heritage Trail Tours.


Field Session: Gullah Heritage Trail Tours

The ESTC 2011 field session "Cultural Heritage of Hilton Head Island" (Tuesday, September 20, 2011), is led by Dr. Emory Shaw Campbell, Founder, Gullah Heritage Consulting Services. The tour route takes a scenic weave through ten family-based villages that have sustained themselves for more than a century, but are tempered by current resort developmental pressures. Tour highlights include: Gullah Family Compounds; Old Debarkation Point (used before the island's connection to the mainland); Plantation Tabby Ruins; Historic Marker of First Freedom Village.


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