The sinking islands of the Southern US

The sinking islands of the Southern US

The rich traditions of the Gullah Geechee are at risk of being lost, threatened by what is arguably one of the most harrowing issues the […]

Commentary: The legacy of Cornelia Walker Bailey, the griot of Sapelo Island

Commentary: The legacy of Cornelia Walker Bailey, the griot of Sapelo Island

“Like most folks, I met Cornelia Walker Bailey—a dark sturdy trunk of a woman, handsome and regal—when I first set foot on the exquisite spit […]

Remembering Cornelia Walker Bailey, A Giant Of Gullah Geechee Culture

Remembering Cornelia Walker Bailey, A Giant Of Gullah Geechee Culture

On the coastal edge of Georgia sits a small, dwindling community known as the Gullah Geechee. The people in the community are direct descendants of […]

Geechee community endures on Sapelo Island, but just barely

Geechee community endures on Sapelo Island, but just barely

Belle Marsh. Lumber Landing. Shell Hammock. Raccoon Bluff. The names of the slave and freedmen communities on Sapelo Island are as poetic and picturesque as […]

Gullah-Geechee Residents Fight Sapelo Island Development

Gullah-Geechee Residents Fight Sapelo Island Development

Most of Sapelo Island is a wildlife preserve owned by the state: bright white beaches, wide-open salt marsh and giant live oak trees with Spanish […]

How Slaves Shaped American Cooking

How Slaves Shaped American Cooking

Growing up on Sapelo Island, Georgia, Cornelia Walker Bailey never thought of red peas as anything special. Sapelo, a barrier island about the size of […]

Taxes Threaten an Island Culture in Georgia

Taxes Threaten an Island Culture in Georgia

SAPELO ISLAND, Ga. — Once the huge property tax bills started coming, telephones started ringing. It did not take long for the 50 or so […]

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