Gullah History

Gullah Geechee Strength, Perseverance and Resilience

When we think about slavery, we don’t usually consider the day to day or the gory details. The general knowledge of captivity, hard labor and cruelty are the basics, but for the most part, the actual experience that enslaved people went through are forgotten. Slavery inflicted generational trauma in so many different ways; fear, uncertainty, humiliation and mental and physical stressors.

Read More

The History and Traditions Behind Gullah Foodways

Gullah Geechee foodways is one of the oldest practices and traditions that’s still being practiced in America today. At its foundation, slavery and the foodways are deeply rooted in cultural West African ancestral ties, as well as adaptability, creativity and circumstance. The meals were and still are designed to be hearty and provide the necessary sustenance and strength to get one through an arduous and physical day. 

Read More

The Slave Preacher | Reverend Murchison

As the first Mayor of the Historic Town of Mitchelville, the first Black Mayor in the United States and the first pastor of Hilton Head Island’s oldest church, , Reverend Murchison, an escaped slave from Savannah, was also a significant influence on the Civil War effort and countless generations of Gullah families. After establishing the First African Baptist Church in 1862 with 120 members, all of whom were contrabands, Reverend Murchison went on to baptize and marry 1,000’s of freedmen who lived on the island’s Historic Town of Mitchelville. 

Read More

Melvin Campbell | Deep Roots Grounded in Service

Campbell has such an incredibly strong connection to his island home, it’s easy to see why the path that he has taken in life continues. Grounded in rich Gullah family traditions and connections to the island that stretch over six generations, it’s no surprise that most of the Campbell family has made an indelible mark on the island, from cultural preservation to civic involvement.

Read More

Finding Georgetown

Georgetown County is full of an incredibly rich Gullah Geechee history and cultural attractions that I was very excited about exploring to fill in the gaps to my story.

Read More

Pin It on Pinterest


Enjoying this blog? Please share :)