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Gullah 2019 Homecoming Visit to Sierra Leone

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Freetown

Freetown, Western Area

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The Gullah's are returning to Sierra Leone 15 years after their first homecoming visit

Start Date: December 26th, 2019

End Date: January 6th, 2020

Destination: Freetown, Sierra Leone

We are organizing another “Gullah Homecoming” to Sierra Leone, the 4th since 1989. This tour will break new ground. Visitors will see historical and cultural sites not seen on the earlier trips and meet with scholars who have uncovered new information. They will also travel with Gullah performers who will share their culture with their Sierra Leonean hosts

Scholars first called the world’s attention to the Sierra Leone-Gullah Connection in the 1980s, and since then Gullahs and Sierra Leoneans have come together on a number of high-profile occasions to celebrate their common heritage. Sierra Leone’s president visited a Gullah community in South Carolina in 1988, and Gullah community leaders made a return visit to Sierra Leone in 1989. These events were followed by two more “Homecomings” to Sierra Leone in 1997 and 2005. These events were based on extraordinary discoveries

The Gullah are a distinctive group of Black Americans from South Carolina and Georgia in the southeastern United States. They live in small farming and fishing communities along the Atlantic coastal plain and on the chain of Sea Islands which runs parallel to the coast. Because of their geographical isolation and strong community life, the Gullah have been able to preserve more of their African cultural heritage than any other group of Black Americans. They speak a creole language similar to Sierra Leone Krio, use African names, tell African folktales, make African-style handicrafts such as baskets and carved walking sticks, and enjoy a rich cuisine based primarily on rice

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