Thank you, Dr. Carolyn Grant, Thomas Barnwell, and Emory Shaw Campbell, the Co-Authors of Gullah Days: Hilton Head Islanders Before the Bridge 1861-1956, for speaking to our Rotary Club.
Gullah Days took 20 years to publish due to not having a publisher or a fund donor. The co-authors would meet on Friday evenings to share and capture the stories of Gullah culture. Emory shared how isolated Hilton Head Island was growing up and that the first school was established in Mitchellville (required to go to school until 15).
Fun fact: the Tabby building that stands at the intersection of Squire Pope and Gumtree Road is the oldest building that was built by the Gullah community on Hilton Head Island.