The Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor extends from Pender County, NC, to St. Johns County, FL, and extends 30 miles inland. It covers more than 12,000 square miles and 27 counties and includes coastal communities in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida. Throughout the Corridor today there are Gullah Geechee communities, made up of…

Coiled baskets made from marsh grasses and strips of the palmetto leaf. Basket-making was once a thriving craft throughout the Sea Islands. The craft is now practiced primarily in Mt. Pleasant, S.C.

Many African Americans whose families have been in the Lowcountry for four or five generations or longer refer to themselves as natives.

This channel of water along the East Coast hugs the banks of Hilton Head Island, Beaufort, Bluffton, and Daufuskie Island. African Americans survived off this expansive water­way by fishing and shrimping. With their homemade sailboats and other vessels, they traveled the waterway to the mainland and to Savannah to sell their catches and other crops…

Described as “a sign of ancient culture;’ heirs’ property is land that has been passed down through successive generations, often without the benefit of wills or other legal documents.

Both of these gatherings are common Lowcountry affairs that bring together family and friends to feast on bread and locally caught fish, fried and doused with mustard, hot sauce, and spices. likewise, local oysters are gathered from oyster beds and roasted over an outside fire. After roasting, the oysters are plucked from their shells and…

A term that describes African Americans who live along the coasts of South Carolina, Georgia, and northern Florida, speak the Gullah language and make rice a dominant part of meals.

Sometimes referred to as “Sea Island Creole;’ Gullah is a hybrid of English and West African expressions brought over by enslaved Africans. The language once dominated the speaking patterns of African Americans on the Sea Islands and is still spoken by some. The term is also used to describe some African Americans and their lifestyle,…

Islands off the coast of Georgia and South Carolina where a distinctive and largely independent African American culture developed and thrived.