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Also called Geechee in Florida and Georgia, Gullah is the black slave culture that developed in the South Carolina Lowcountry as a mixture of African and American culture. This culture is still alive and well today in the area and is part of the “living history” that adds to the charm of the Charleston area.

As Alphonso Brown of Gullah Tours says of the culture, “It’s like the hidden secret that no one ever talked about. Of course, if there is something that is hidden and then revealed, everyone is talking about it.”

Those interested in learning more about the Gullah culture in South Carolina can take Brown’s Gullah Tours which depart from the Charleston Visitor’s Center on Meeting Street. Stops along the tour include the Old Ryan’s Slave Mart and an art gallery that displays Gullah artists.