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 […]

Hurricane Irma Floods New SICARS Sugarcane Project

Hurricane Irma created a great deal of damage on Sapelo Island.  Flood waters from the storm surge was especially damaging for many residents in the […]

Red Peas Are the Backbone of an Island Community off the Georgia Coast

Red Peas Are the Backbone of an Island Community off the Georgia Coast

Sapelo, a barrier island in Georgia south of Savannah, is home to a population of people who self-identify as Geechees — descendants of slaves and […]

How One Georgia Island is Fighting to Keep a Small Red Pea Alive

How One Georgia Island is Fighting to Keep a Small Red Pea Alive

Sapelo Island is a 16,500-acre swath of land that sits about 60 miles down from Savannah. Reachable only by boat, the barrier island, Georgia’s fourth […]

SICARS Board Formally Partners with UGAMI on Peas and Cane

At a SICARS board meeting this week to discuss the future of SICARS’ efforts to reestablish sugarcane, continue to plant red peas and explore growing […]

An island's future tied to farming crops from the past

An island’s future tied to farming crops from the past

Off the coast of Georgia lies a quiet island, accessible only by boat and home to about 50 year-round residents — all descendants of slaves… […]

The Return of Purple Ribbon Sugarcane

The Return of Purple Ribbon Sugarcane

Purple ribbon sugar cane tastes a little different from its tropical relative. For a while, it thrived on Sapelo Island off the coast of Georgia. […]

Southern Sugarcane Revival

Southern Sugarcane Revival

Sugarcane on Sapelo Island was once tended by slaves. Now it might sustain their descendants and help keep Geechee culture alive… Read the full story […]

The Heart of Sapelo

The Heart of Sapelo

Cornelia Bailey, the matriarch of the last pocket of Gullah Geechee culture on Georgia’s Sapelo Island, is on a mission to give this unique community […]

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