Created to preserve, promote, and perpetuate Gullah Geechee culture and traditions
The Gullah Society was established in 2012 by Dr. Ade Ofunniyin, with the aim of providing Gullah Geechee people with skills in identifying and preserving sites, historical data, artifacts, and objects associated with Gullah Geechee people and culture, for the benefit and education of all. We work with communities to raise awareness and to preserve African descendant burial grounds, identity and history.
The Gullah Society is a registered 501c3 (a not-for-profit organization) and is supported via private and corporate donations and grant funds, please visit "SUPPORT US" if you are interested in becoming a donor.
We consult on various projects - including historical and genealogical research, surveying and mapping, exhibition planning and design, education programming and community engagement. Visit "OUR SERVICES" to learn more.
A recent message from Rovena Owens, who visited Zion Cemetery, on Monrovia Street, to find the burials of her great grandfather, his mother-in-law and other relatives, illustrates the importance of this work.
"I am excited that someone has interest in this cemetery. It took me a while to find it and I was so unhappy to see its condition. I have found death certificates that say that they [eight relatives] were buried at Zion Presbyterian Cemetery. I have not found one for Sidney Eckhardt yet. He was my Grandfather's uncle. He was in the state legislature during reconstruction. He was referred to by the family as "The Senator". I did read that he partook in a streetcar sit-in I think during the 1860s. He also held an office in the Segar Makers Association. Sidney died in Florida but I think that he was brought back to be buried in Zion with his wife and family. My mother attended the funeral of her aunt Henrietta Rodrigues in 1952 and said that the cemetery was in bad shape then."
"If possible I would like to see these graves for myself. I could not find them when I went into there a few years ago. Thanks so much to you and the Gullah Society for doing this."
(Rovena Owens Aug 6, 2017)
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