St. Helena Island, SC is the home to a thriving Gullah/Geechee community. It is one of the largest contiguous Gullah/Geechee communities in the Gullah/Geechee Nation from Jacksonville, NC to Jacksonville, FL. Many of the families on St. Helena Island can recount stories of rice fields that were planted and harvested by their elders and their ancestors. Last year, Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com) who is a native of St. Helena Island was presented with rice seeds by the Carolina Gold Rice Foundation and Dr. Francis Morean. She was able to grow rice where her grandfather last grew it decades ago on the island.
The “Gullah/Geechee Gold Rice Festival” will celebrate the history of rice amongst the Gullah/Geechee. Traditional Gullah/Geechee rice dishes will be on sale along with other Gullah/Geechee crafts, books, CDs, and DVDs. There will be music provided by All Mobile Productions™ (AMP™) at this festival celebrating cultural heritage and the historic legacy of the Gullah/Geechee. Bring de famlee and jayn we! Cum nyam pun wha we nyam pun mongst de Gullah/Geechee.