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  • Credit: Georgia Department of Archives and History.
  • Media type: photograph
  • Annotation: Women on Sapelo Island, Georgia, hull rice with a mortar and pestle much in the same manner as their slave ancestors. Language, agricultural, and cultural traditions from West Africa were preserved in the Geechee culture that developed in the Sea Islands of Georgia. The name Gullah has come to be the accepted name of the islanders in South Carolina, while Geechee refers to the islanders of Georgia. Both of these cultures are linked to West Africans who were enslaved on island plantations to grow rice, indigo, and cotton as early as 1750.
  • Year: 1900