An exclusive look at the Heritage Day Festivities 2014

Caught in action The Gullah Project team made sure to stop by the Johnson's booth at the Heritage Days Festival.
Caught in action The Gullah Project team made sure to stop by the Johnsons’ booth at the Heritage Days Festival.

Last week The Gullah Project team traveled to St. Helena Island to attend the 32nd Annual Heritage Days Celebration. From covering the Road of Remembrance play directed by Sara’ Reynolds Green, to climbing trees with a GoPro camera to photograph Ben Johnson’s produce booth, the team had an outrageously good time. Take a moment to visit this exclusive behind the scenes gallery from the Heritage Day Festivities by clicking on the photograph above.

 

Frank Major Sr., commercial crab fisherman, checks his traps for blue crab and stone crab. Photos © 2011 Denise McGill
Frank Major Sr., a commercial crab fisherman, checks his traps for blue crab and stone crab.
Photos © 2011 Denise McGill

St. Helena Island is a magical place on the South Carolina coastline. African Americans have farmed and fished here for centuries: first as plantation slaves, then as freedmen owning small subsistence operations.  It’s now one of the last farming communities on the East Coast that hasn’t been swallowed up by development. 

This week catch up with the residents of St. Helena Island by way of photographs and video interviews by clicking on the photograph above. 

Ben C. Johnson Jr.

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“It wasn’t a sport, it wasn’t a game, it was for food and I didn’t realize how good it was until I left.” – Ben C. Johnson Jr.

This week on The Gullah Project, Mr. Johnson shares with the team his love for crabbing on St. Helena Island.  Watch this interview at https://thegullahproject.wordpress.com/photo-gallery/ben-c-johnson-jr/ or by clicking on the photograph above.

Lowcountry Cookin’ at Gullah Grub

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“The thing about this Gullah style cooking is when you get a chance, you got to be able to use all your senses.” Says Bill Green the owner of The Gullah Grub a restaurant located on St. Helena Island that specializes in authentic LoCountry cooking. To learn more about the The Gullah Grub Restaurant and to see an exclusive interview with Bill Green click on the photograph above.

Craig & Darlene Dopson

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“I love shrimping, I rather do it then anything, it’s an honest living, it’s hard work, it’s enjoyable.” -Craig Dopson

Dopson’s Seafood run and operated since 1975 by Craig and Darlene Dopson is one of the last public docks located on St. Helena Island. Here they provide a service to shrimpers acting as a middle man by buying the shrimp then selling the produce to wholesalers. To learn more about this slowly fading business click on the photograph above.