Catching Up with the Past

Itinerary - Catching Up with the Past

"Katch 'em up widit past" interpreted by Bunny Rodriquez

The Gullah culture started with the transportation of African slaves to the Sea Islands of South Carolina, Georgia and Florida. Gullah (or Geechee in northern Georgia) is a word used for both the native islanders and the language they speak. These islanders, former slaves from the West African coastal countries of Senegal and Sierra Leone, have been here for generations, and their unique culture remains largely intact. The Gullah culture has survived over the years by Gullah elders passing down the language and traditions to their children. However, over the past fifty years the Gullah culture has started to die. Three significant factors are: the development of resorts along the Sea Islands, the movement of Gullah descendants to larger cities in search of employment, and the education of Gullah descendants. As the Gullah people are becoming educated, they are taught that it is no longer acceptable to speak "broken-English". However, the Gullah language is more than just "broken-English". It is an art form that serves as the link between Africans and African-Americans.

Day 1 - Arrive in Myrtle Beach, SC

Day 2 - Myrtle Beach Area

  • Breakfast at host hotel
  • Visit Brookgreen Gardens and its new Low Country Center that depicts the history of the Low country from its Native American beginnings to its slave era and beyond; don't miss the entertaining and informative one-man show of Gullah native and historian Ron Daise tracing the history of the Gullah people from Africa to South Carolina's Low country
  • Buffet or boxed lunch at Brookgreen Gardens
  • Travel to Hopsewee Plantation for and afternoon tea and tour
  • Shop along the coast for cultural arts and crafts including: quilts, sweet grass baskets, dolls, wood carvings, collectibles and memorabilia; also set up a craft class making sweet grass baskets or grass dolls
  • Return to Myrtle Beach for a dinner and show on the town
  • Rest at your host hotel

Day 3 - Coastal SC

Day 4 - Depart Myrtle Beach

  • Breakfast at host hotel
  • Depart From Myrtle Beach

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