Gullah History

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In the late seventeenth until the mid-eighteenth century, thousands of enslaved Africans survived the middle passage to reach south Atlantic shores. Mostly due to the relative isolation of the Sea Islands at this time, including Hilton Head Island and Daufuskie.  Over time, the enslaved Africans and their descendants developed a creole culture in which elements of African languages, cultures, and community life were preserved to a high degree. That creole culture is known as Gullah. 

Find out how the Gullah Celebration continues the traditons of the ancestors.

Amiri Geuka Farris is a contemporary, multidisciplinary artist whose wide range of work encompasses painting, drawing, video, performance, and installation. Farris' works are full of intimate, personal experiences, and his art examines issues such as race, culture, memory and perception. Farris is known for dynamic, powerful artwork that combines an alluring blend of vivid colors and layered textures.


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Through the generosity of individuals and small business employees as volunteers and/or financial support, we are able to annually host programs and events that honor Gullah culture. It is our hope that you will join in as a donor or sponsor to help us continue to preserve the unique cultural influences of Gullah on Hilton Head Island. Show your support

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  • Arts Ob We People: Exhibit and Sale
    Tue, Feb 01
    Art League Gallery
    Feb 01, 10:00 AM EST – Feb 27, 4:00 PM EST
    Art League Gallery, 14 Shelter Cove Ln, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928, USA
  • Freedom Day Celebration
    Sat, Feb 05
    Historic Mitchelville Freedom Park
    Feb 05, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM EST
    Historic Mitchelville Freedom Park, 229 Beach City Rd, Hilton Head Island, SC 29926, USA
  • 26th Annual Hilton Head Island Gullah Celebration Opening Party
    Feb 09, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
    Art League Gallery, 14 Shelter Cove Ln, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928, USA
  • A Taste of Gullah
    Sat, Feb 12
    Arts Center of Coastal Carolina
    Feb 12, 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST
    Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, 14 Shelter Cove Ln, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928, USA
  • Gullah Market: Arts, Crafts, Music and Food
    Sat, Feb 19
    Coastal Discovery Museum
    Feb 19, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
    Coastal Discovery Museum, 70 Honey Horn Dr, Hilton Head Island, SC 29926, USA
  • Celebration of African American Authors
    Sat, Feb 26
    Rotary Community Center
    Feb 26, 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    Rotary Community Center , 11 Recreation Ct, Bluffton, SC 29910, USA


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