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You do know that the banjo is an African instrument, right?! The black roots of country music

From the Washington Post, a riveting listen. podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/post-reports/id1444873564 Emily Yahr, Valerie June and Dina Bennett talk about how black people have been largely excluded from country music — an art form rooted in black history. “What black history has to

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Music. Slave Songs in Sea Island History

“To the enslaved, these songs were everything.”

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Sacred Ground. McLeod Plantation, Charleston SC

When it becomes habit for us to be able to rattle off our individual histories it will calm our spirits…….-Whoopi Goldberg James Island, South Carolina. Twenty years after acquiring McLeod Plantation from the Willie McLeod estate, the Historic Charleston Foundation

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Black Musicians in Colonial Charleston

A master drummer must have seven eyes. —African proverb Fresh Charleston history is always being unearthed in this most sacred and beautiful of American cities. What a pleasure it was for me to meet this week, local historian Dr. Nic

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Gullah Geechee Cultural Preservation

Preserving the history of this culture, so rich in song and spirit is important. Today’s post is a request for action. Kindly log on to Washington Watch and say “Yes, funding this is important.” For more visit the pages at

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The William Seabrook House, Edisto Island

Designed, tradition says, by James Hoban, who was architect of The White House, the William Seabrook house is a view into the age of Edisto’s Sea Island Cotton days. General Lafayette visited for a feast and the fascinating and beautiful

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The Presbyterian Church on Edisto Island

“Edisto Island is God’s country.” – Jack McCray, author of Charleston Jazz One is struck by the many churches lining the two lane road onto Edisto Island. Many are African American, understandably, since the island, since the first federal census,

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Welcome to my blog about the Lowcountry of South Carolina, a place proud with beauty, history and art. Sometimes we feel a call, to be, to go, to do. I was called to be an artist, and as an old midwife from Alabama said, “If the good Lord wants you to do something, you won’t have no good luck until you do it.”

So here I am writing about what I know, about the 'under glimmer' as the poet Basho, says, the way I have learned to see, to notice. I am inspired by, and talking about the history and art and culture of this place that has called me to herself. By the ancestors.

My background includes a degree in fine arts from a small private college in Florida, and before that, four years of all girls' boarding school in Asheville. I worked as a professional photographer, helped my children grow up, and now and I love seasoned things, good food, better conversation, beauty, my beloved and beautiful Italian Greyhound, Beau. Moved by the sacred places and stories of this beautiful historic land called the Lowcountry, I am here in spirit and I hope to infect you with my love of this place.

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