Beautiful Beaufort by the Sea and the Story of the Gullah/Geechee
Beaufort County, SC is uniquely Gullah/Geechee! The entire county consist primarily of Sea Islands unlike any other counties of the Gullah/Geechee Nation. It is no doubt due to this fact that Gullah/Geechee culture evolved and continues to thrive here from the soil and souls of the native Gullah/Geechees.
Interestingly enough, it was not been that long ago when people in the same county would not acknowledge Gullah/Geechee culture and schools-both missionary and public-literally issued corporal punishment to students that spoke the African language of Gullah. Now due to the international efforts and ambassadorship of the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition, the county is now a place that is celebrating Gullah/Geechee culture even in these spaces that attempted to beat it out of existence.
Beautiful Beaufort by the Sea will continue to be a place to which people can journey during Gullah/Geechee Nation Volunteer Month and not only take part in the “Coastal Cultures Conference 2015” which is themed “De Wata da We: Gullah/Geechee Sustainability,” but to also see the art work of Gullah/Geechees. This March at ArtWorks Donellia Chives will open “Ngome Collective Boutique” on Saturday, March 14, 2014 at Noon. This is also the same location where Gullah/Geechee artist Johnnie Simmons started February with a 35 piece pyrography exhibition which will close on March 7. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at 2127 Boundary Street in the city of Beaufort, SC. Go to www.beaufortcountyarts.com or call 843-379-2787 for more details.
A short drive across two bridges from midtown Beaufort will bring visitors onto St. Helena Island which is a thriving hub of Gullah/Geechee culture. You can take in a wonderful traditional Gullah/Geechee meal at “MJ’s Soul Food” on Sea Island Parkway and conclude the day by purchasing some of Mr. Simmons’ and other artists’ works from the walls.
Cum fa jayn we een Beautiful Beaufort by de Sea and yeddi frum we who webe as Gullah/Geechee!
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