A series of free cultural programs is being offered at Charles Pinckney National Historic Site at 2 p.m. every Saturday during February and March.
Charles Pinckney, a principal author and signer of the United States Constitution, owned seven plantations. A remnant of his Lowcountry plantation, Snee Farm, is preserved today as Charles Pinckney National Historic Site.
Enslaved Africans and African-Americans on Lowcountry plantations developed a culture known collectively today as "Gullah."
Gullah people made significant contributions not only to the Lowcountry plantation system but also to American culture in general.
These programs include craft demonstrations, cooking, African drumming and story-telling, folk-tales, spirituals and other musical performances.
The events include:
Feb. 4: Carolyn "Jabulile" White, Sea Island storyteller; Vera Manigault, sweetgrass baskets.
Feb. 11: Anita Singleton-Prather, "Aunt Pearlie Sue" Gullah Tales; Vera Manigault, sweetgrass baskets.
Feb. 18: Sharon and Frank Murray, rice production; Elijah Ford, sweetgrass baskets.
Feb. 25: Ann Caldwell and the Magnolia Singers, spirituals; Jeannette Lee, sweetgrass baskets.
March 3: Veronica Gerald and Jesse Gantt, Gullah cooking; Alada "Muima" Shinault-Small, African tales; NIA Productions, African drumming and dance.
March 10: Greater Goodwill AME Male Chorus; Vermelle and Andrew Rodrigues, quilting and toys; Vera Manigault, sweetgrass baskets; Charles C. Williams, castnets and woodwork.
March 17: Dorothy Montgomery, quilting; Elijah Ford, sweetgrass baskets.
March 24: Anita Singleton-Prather, "Pearlie Sue" Gullah Tales; Vera Manigault, sweetgrass baskets.
March 31: Ann Caldwell and The Magnolia Singers, spirituals; William Rouse, sweetgrass baskets.
For more information, call 881-5516 or visit www.nps.gov/chpi.