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Celebrating Gullah Culture

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There’s much more to Charleston’s history than its eye-catching antebellum homes. What the Gullah of South Carolina’s Lowcountry lack in visible landmarks they make up for with rich traditions—they have their own language, a combination of English and African influences, and distinct music, art, and cuisine. From the annual Sweetgrass Festival in June to other sites that can be visited at any time of the year, here are some places in Charleston where you can begin to learn about the Gullah.
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6 Chalmers St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
Africans played a key role in the wealth developed in Charleston and South Carolina generally, and a number of sites in the city are connected to the history of that culture. The Old Slave Mart, built in 1859 on Chalmers Street is the only slave...
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325 Country Club Dr, Charleston, SC 29412, USA
Of the estates near Charleston, the McLeod Plantation on James Island highlights the lives and culture of the slaves who once worked and lived there. In the early 18th century, many plantation owners chose to live in Charleston while...
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180 Wingo Way # 102, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464, USA
Every year in early June, Charleston's Sweetgrass Festival in Mt. Pleasant’s Waterfront Park (about a 15-minute drive from the historic district, on the other side of the Cooper River) provides a fascinating introduction to sweetgrass baskets and...
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4300 Ashley River Rd, Charleston, SC 29414, USA
Middleton Place exists because of slavery—a stark reality that’s acknowledged in exhibits throughout the sprawling plantation. Today, however, the site is a beautiful place to spend a day or a weekend. Just stroll through the 65 acres...
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360 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29403, USA
The Charleston Museum—America's very first museum, founded in 1773—is a cornerstone of the city's Museum Mile, a section of Meeting Street that boasts six museums, five historic homes, four parks, as well as important churches and...