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Gullah Digital Archive

This collection is a multimedia archive of Gullah culture on St. Helena and neighboring communities. The Image Gallery contains both current and historical images from St. Helena. The Project Documents section contains lesson plans about Gullah culture and oral history for a variety of grade levels. Finally, the Video Collection contains interviews from Gullah people and St. Helena residents, as well as downloadable PDF transcripts to accompany the interviews.

Oral history with Harold Stone Reeves

Harold Stone Reeves, a native Charlestonian and lifelong performer, discusses the many aspects of his life since his birth in 1892, including his longtime interest in Gullah, attending the University of South Carolina, his commission with the Charleston Light Dragoons during World War I, his involvement with the Society for the Preservation of Spirituals, and his role as the first manager of the of the Charleston Social Security Office. Audio with transcript and tape log.

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The following information is provided for citations.

  • Title Language
  • Author
  • Keywords South Carolina has been multilingual since 1526, Spanish explorer Lucas Vásquez de Allyón, Four major language families, Muskogean language family, French-speaking Huguenots, Descendants of Sephardic Jews, Dutch Fork, South-Carolina Gazette, Welsh Neck Baptist Church, Up until the Yamassee War of 1715, Indian languages were the most frequently spoken, Sullivan’s Island, Niger-Kordofanian, Gullah,
  • Website Name South Carolina Encyclopedia
  • Publisher University of South Carolina, Institute for Southern Studies
  • URL
  • Access Date December 1, 2022
  • Original Published Date
  • Date of Last Update August 9, 2022
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