The Tenth Annual Gullah Geechee Heritage Festival celebrates the culture and history of the Gullah Geechee people. The Gullah Geechee are descendants of those brought to America from West and Central Africa to work on rice, cotton, and indigo plantations in the isolated Sea Islands of coastal Georgia and the Carolinas.
Without the influences found on the mainland, the Gullah Geechee were able to preserve their culture through spiritual practices, crafts, music and foodways we see today. They even created a new creole dialect known as “Gullah,” a language that isn’t spoken anywhere else in the world.
In 2006, Congress designated the Gullah Geechee Heritage Corridor, spanning eight million acres from Wilmington, North Carolina to St. Augustine, Florida, to honor the culture and history of these brave people.
The Gullah Geechee Heritage Festival takes place from noon-5 p.m. at Armstrong Park, 4950 Harvey Avenue in Elkton, Florida. Admission is free. Shuttle buses every 15 minutes from the St. Johns County Fairgrounds parking.