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08/05/02

Support for Gullah People

Gullah storytelling chairs.

Senator Darrell Jackson says he plans to send a letter to Governor Jim Hodges. Jackson says the 320 acres of land currently in dispute on St. Helena Island is culturally significant to African-American history, and Turner shouldn't be allowed to take it.

In 1920, a group of 47 Gullah descendants bought the land and passed it on to their descendants. Turner says he bought 68 acres of that same land in 1979 and has filed a claim asking the court to decide who has title to the disputed property.

At the same time, some Low Country students are helping to keep the Gullah heritage alive with art. They're Beaufort County students, and their work is on display right now at a gallery in Beaufort.

They designed Gullah storytelling chairs. Each chair explains a little part of the Gullah culture.

You can see them at the University of South Carolina Beaufort art gallery. It's part of a partnership between the schools and Beaufort artist Natalie Daise.

You can see the chairs in Beaufort until the end of the month, when they move on to Penn Center. And the Columbia Museum of Art.

Reported by: Jaime Dailey

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