Gullah Geechee 2020

Save the Date!!! April 30 - May 6, 2020.

The Tour will begin and end in Charleston, South Carolina

WHY THE GULLAH TOUR?

The Gullah are a distinctive group of Black Americans from Coastal South Carolina and Coastal Georgia in the southeastern United States. They live in small farming and fishing communities along the Atlantic coastal plain and on the chain of Sea Islands which runs parallel to the coast. Because of their geographical isolation and strong community life, the Gullah have been able to preserve more of their African cultural heritage than any other group of Black Americans. They speak a creole language similar to Sierra Leone Krio, use African names, tell African folktales, make African-style handicrafts such as baskets and carved walking sticks, and enjoy a rich cuisine based primarily on rice.

The Gullah people are directly descended from the enslaves who labored on the rice plantations, and their language reflects significant influences from Sierra Leone, Congo and Senegambia. The Gullahs' English- based creole language is strikingly similar to Sierra Leone Krio and contains such identical expressions as bigyai (greedy), pantap (on top of), ohltu (both), tif (steal), yeys (ear) and swit (delicious).

Our tour will begin on April 30, 2020 - May 7, 2020

ITINERARY

DAY 1: (Tour Begins at 12:00pm in Charleston, South Carolina) Tour of North Charleston including the McCloud Plantation and Sullivans Island considered the Ellis Island of slavery. 

DAY 2: Visit downtown Charleston including the Slave-mart museum/Shopping

DAY 3: Travel to Hilton Head for a Gullah Tour

              Overnight in Beaufort, South Carolina

DAY 4: Travel to Savannah for a tour and shopping

              Travel to Darien, Georgia

DAY 5: Travel to Sapelo Island, Georgia 

              Back to Darien, Georgia

DAY 6: Travel to Amelia Island, Florida

              Visit American Beach museum - during segregation American Beach was the only place open to all people - it was founded by the first African American Insurance Company 

              Visit Ft Mose the site of the first free settlement for African Americans

DAY 7: Rest on the beach

END of TOUR/St Augustine/Jacksonville, Florida

COST:

$1500pp double occupancy
$1900pp single occupancy

Included: 

Hotel Accomodations 

6 Breakfast

Air Conditioned Transportation

Ferry to Sapelo Island

Tours in Charleston, Hilton Head, Savannah, Sapelo Island

Not Included:

Entrance to Museums 

Lunch/Dinner

Transportation to Charleston, South Carolina

*Our tours require a moderate amount of walking. Our tours are not recommended for people with serious medical or mobility challenges.

A deposit of $300 is due at the time of registration. The registration fee is refundable within 30 days of deposit only. The balance of $1200 is due by January 30, 2020. Payments can be made using Paypal with a 3% fee or sending a money order or check to Roots to Glory Tours P.O. Box 92, Stevenson, Maryland 21153. This tour is for maximum of 10 people. Once the maximum number has been reached, we will close the registration. 

Reference material for this trip: http://newsreel.org/video/THE-LANGUAGE-YOU-CRY-IN
https://www.lowcountryafricana.com/sierra-leone-to-south-carolina-priscillas-homecoming/
http://www.nbcnews.com/video/rock-center/46406415