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Explore Gullah Geechee Heritage at Brookgreen Gardens

Explore Gullah Geechee Heritage at Brookgreen Gardens

Mon, February 4, 2019 by Ron Daise, Vice President for Creative Education | in Lowcountry History

A visit to Gullah Geechee Gaardin, Brookgreen’s new permanent, outdoor exhibit, affords an opportunity to explore “Heritage.” It’s one of seven cultural values that are displayed on vibrantly colored interpretive panels. Others are "Respect for Elders," "Self-sufficiency," "Creativity," Tenacity," Spirituality," and "Family & Community."  Audio recordings and written texts of quotations by Georgetown County Gullah Geechee residents are showcased.

“When, when I was young, it (“Gullah” or “Geechee”) was a fighting word,” cites a written oral history recording by Gladys Bonds McKoy (1938-2016) on the "Heritage" panel.  "Don’t call me no, I ain’t, I ain’t no Geechee!’” she remembers telling others. McCoy, a graduate of Georgetown’s Howard High School and Claflin University in Orangeburg, SC, was a noted educator, musician, and community leader.

Through recordings by McCoy and others that are highlighted among line drawings of crops grown in gardens of Gullah Geechee people, visitors learn about Gullah Geechee culture as a source of pride – and not embarrassment. Heritage is paired with Collards, and the interpretive panel proclaims: “As a representation of Heritage, Collards connote the bitter and caustic meanings of the words “Gullah” and “Geechee” throughout history and the positive meanings that have become accepted.”

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Hours:  9:30AM - 5:00PM everyday

For their safety and the safety of our animal collection, pets are not allowed, nor can they be left in vehicles inside Brookgreen. Service animals that have received special training to assist disabled persons are welcome.


Daily General Admission Tickets for 7 consecutive days
Children 3 and under
Children 4-12
Adults 13-64
Seniors 65 & Over


1931 Brookgreen Drive

Murrells Inlet, SC 29576

Off US Highway 17 Bypass, between Murrells Inlet and Pawleys Island

on South Carolina's Hammock Coast