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.