Gullah Culture

Sweetgrass Basket

Sweetgrass basket in progress. Image courtesy of SCPRT.

Learn about the rich Gullah culture that continues in Charleston and the Lowcountry.


Learn about slave songs and Gullah music with Aunt Pearlie-Sue! You can write a blues song, sing a worship song in the praise house, and find the hidden meaning in a work song.


Sweetgrass baskets have been made in Charleston and along the coast for more than 300 years. Slaves from West Africa brought this art with them and have passed the tradition on from generation to generation.


Hoppin' John
Hoppin John is a traditional beans and rice dish eaten on New Year's Day.

Food Culture

Learn about the foods, techniques, and recipes that the Gullah people prepare, from rice dishes to Hoppin’ John and sweet potatoes.