The Gullah are African Americans who are the ancestors of Africans brought to the South Carolina and Georgia sea islands during the slave-trade. Sought after for their rice growing knowledge, the slave trade targeted the West African region.
Working on large rice growing plantations throughout the south eastern coast, and a consistent stream of slaves brought from the same regions of West Africa, the Gullah culture grew steadily.
After the Civil War, many freed slaves remained in the South Carolina and Georgia Sea Islands. Because of the isolation of the sea islands, the strong Gullah culture was preserved. It is evident in traditional Gullah language, cuisine, spirituality and art.
A once thriving Gullah Community on Daufuskie Island was hit hard with job loss through pollution and competing markets. Because of these unfortunate times many families moved to neighboring towns and cities in search of work. Despite these perilous times, Daufuskie Island still holds on to the Gullah roots that built her.
Join Tour Daufuskie and a native Gullah guide for an in-depth look at the Gullah culture, community and heritage.
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