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QuickFactFriday 2019.02.08
Posted on Feb 8th, 2019

The Plantation Singers
On February 9th at Christ Church (2304 Highway 17 North), we will be entertained by the Plantation Singers for the fifth straight year. With their energetic performances, the Plantation Singers play an important role in the preservation of the Gullah spirituals and the sacred music of the South Carolina Lowcountry. They are one of the Southeast's most popular a cappella and percussion singing groups and have also performed all over the world. 
 
This and the two remaining Black History Month events start at 7PM and are free, family-friendly and open to the general public. For more information about each event, be sure to read the
Quick Fact Friday that will be released the day before or contact Kate Dolan, Town Planner and Staff Liaison to the Historical Commission, at (843) 884-1229 or kdolan@tompsc.com.
 
Gullah History
Located on the Sea Islands of South Carolina and Georgia are communities of people who are the descendants of enslaved Africans. They have a unique culture that is directly linked to West Africa. In South Carolina, this group of African-Americans and the language they speak are referred to as Gullah (Gul-lah). In Georgia, they are called Geechee (Gee-chee). Native Islanders is another term that refers to the Gullah and Geechee people. Many historians believe that the word "Gullah" comes from Angola, a West African country from which many of the slaves came. Another idea is that "Gullah" is from the Gola, a tribe found near the border of Liberia and Sierra Leone, West Africa. Although the exact origin of the word is not known, most historians agree that the Gullah people and their language have African roots.
 
Sweetgrass Basket History
With the decline of the plantation system, African-American families acquired land and started a new way of life. Because they felt that this basket making tradition was an important part of their cultural heritage and that future generations would be able to retain an identity with Africa through the baskets, they kept the tradition alive. This tradition continues to remain very much alive today. For generations, it has been passed from mother to daughter to granddaughter. Today most basket stands are still built along the shoulder of Highway 17 North in Mount Pleasant.
 
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