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Althea Sumpter Scholarly Research

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“They did not punish them. Many a people gone like that.”
Lena Chisolm remembers the night her father had to walk thirteen miles to Estell after her uncle was dragged out of the window by white men.  As she tells of other lynchings in the area, her eyes go distant, her low voice nearly lost in the telling.  Miss Lena is among a group of 80- and 90-year-old elders from Jasper County, SC, who entrusted me with stories from their elders before them about enslavement and growing rice on the plantations that are now communities on land owned by their families.


The Gullah Geechee culture, which emanates from the South Carolina and Georgia coasts, is dying out. My goal is to bring the culture back to life by sharing the stories these elders told me. They opened up to me because I am a Gullah Geechee native –- with the academic training to document these oral histories in a scholarly manner. Not only does this project involve hiring skilled professionals to transcribe the interviews, it also requires my full effort and attention to synthesize and interpret the narratives of these Gullah Geechee elders.


Their memories must be preserved in time for the remaining elders to see them and before even more generations move away and leave their culture behind. Although I am unable to offer you a tax deduction for your financial support, you can see frequent updates on my progress:
             >   altheasumpter.com

             >   the Althea Sumpter Research Facebook page
 
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