School of Journalism and Mass Communications Research Roundtable Series

School of Journalism and Mass Communications Research Roundtable Series presents “The Gullah Project: Behind the Scenes and on Location” by Associate Professor Denise McGill Date: Tues, Jan. 26 Time: 1:15 – 2:30 PM Location: SJMC 318 McGill will screen the current draft of her documentary film The Gullah Project. She will discuss the process and contribution ofContinue reading “School of Journalism and Mass Communications Research Roundtable Series”

The Penn Center 33rd Annual Heritage Days Celebration

Tomorrow starts the the Penn Center 33rd Annual Heritage Days Celebration held on St. Helena Island, SC. Authentic Gullah music, food, and customs await families and friends who return to the island to celebrate their Gullah/Geechee culture.  This year Saundra “Renee” Smith is Heritage Days Artist of the Year. She will be honored at a receptionContinue reading “The Penn Center 33rd Annual Heritage Days Celebration”

Flood devastates South Carolina agriculture

The rain and floods that began on October 1 continue to have a devastating impact on South Carolina’s famers and landowners. Much of the water has receded, but it will take time to clean up the damage. On October 28, U.S. Department of Agriculture listed 29 counties in South Carolina, as well as parts ofContinue reading “Flood devastates South Carolina agriculture”

An exclusive look at the Heritage Day Festivities 2014

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 theContinue reading “An exclusive look at the Heritage Day Festivities 2014”

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 theContinue reading