A series of free cultural programs is being offered at Charles Pinckney National Historic Site at 2 p.m. every Saturday during March.

Charles Pinckney, a principal author and signer of the United States Constitution, owned seven plantations. Enslaved Africans and African-Americans on Lowcountry plantations developed a culture known collectively today as "Gullah."

A remnant of his Lowcountry plantation, Snee Farm, is preserved today as Charles Pinckney National Historic Site.

The programs include craft demonstrations such as quilting, making cast-nets and sweetgrass baskets and woodworking, cooking, African drumming and story-telling, folk-tales, spirituals and other musical performances.

The National Park Service and the town of Mount Pleasant are sponsoring the events.

March 3: Veronica Gerald and Jesse Gantt, Gullah cooking demonstration; 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 basket demonstration; Charles C. Williams, cast-nets and woodwork.

March 17: Dorothy Montgomery, quilting; Elijah Ford, sweetgrass baskets.

March 24: Anita Singleton-Prather, "Pearlie Sue" Gullah Tales; Vera Manigault, sweetgrass basket demonstration.

For more information, call 881-5516 or visit www.nps.gov/chpi.

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