Last week The Gullah Project team Professor Denise McGill, Michael Tolbert, Sky Dauphiney and Dominique Addison traveled to St. Helena Island to attend the 32nd Annual Heritage Days Celebration at Penn Center National Historic Landmark. From covering the Road of Remembrance play directed by Sará Reynolds Green, to climbing trees with a GoPro camera to photograph Ben Johnson’s produce booth, the team had an outrageously good time interacting residents of St. Helena Island. Thank you for your hospitality!
Professor Denise McGill captures images of students as they await their performance. Photo by Michael Tolbert
Sará Reynolds Green addresses the audience at the end of the Road of Remembrance play. Still frame by Denise McGill
Ben Johnson picks collards in order to sell at the Heritage Day Festival. Photo by Denise McGill
Ready, set, GoPro! Michael Tolbert climbs a tree to hang the GoPro, assisted by Dominique Addison and Sky Dauphiney. Photo by Denise McGill
Ski Dauphiney helps test out the GoPro from below. “Can you see me?” Photo by Michael Tolbert
Wares for sale at Heritage Days Festival. Photo by Micael Tolbert
Drums and baskets were a popular find at the Heritage Days Festival.
The team loved searching through these African clothes at the vendor booths. Photo by Michael Tolbert
Panoramic view of the Heritage Days Festival Parade taken from the Johnson’s produce stand. Photo by Michael Tolbert
Queen Quet representing the Gullah Geechee Nation in the Heritage Days Festival Parade. Photo by Michael Tolbert
Ben Johnson III was one of the many faces who walked through the Heritage Days Festival Parade. Photo by Denise McGill
Ruth Johnson greets a friend with a hug during the Heritage Days Festival at Penn Center National Historic Landmark. Photo by Denise McGill
Jordan Johnson breaks down sugarcane to sell to customers at the Heritage Day Festival.
Ben Johnson III climbs on top of his truck in order to get an ariel shots of the Heritage Day Festival.
Maggie Fitts, who grew up on St. Helena Island, now makes the trip from Miami, Fla., each year to attend the Heritage Days Festival. Photo by Michael Tolbert
The Johnson’s booth is a popular attraction at the Heritage Day Festival where people come to buy sugar cane, sweet potatos and collard greens.