Gullah Culture: A Preliminary List of Links and Resources

The term "Gullah" or "Geechee" describes a unique group of African Americans descended from enslaved Africans who settled along the Atlantic coast, often on sea islands, between what is now Wilmington, NC to Jacksonville, FL. Gullah is a broad living culture embracing the political, social, economic, linguistic, and artistic life of native African-American Sea Islanders. … Continue reading Gullah Culture: A Preliminary List of Links and Resources

Obituary Files in the Beaufort District Collection

Beaufort County South Carolina has a lot of ghost stories, some of which we're retold for this blog. Identifying the spirit can be problematic. For example, some people think that Private Frank Quigley (U.S. Army) is the possible ghost out near Fort Fremont on Land's End. Our obituary files tell us more about him and … Continue reading Obituary Files in the Beaufort District Collection

Reconstruction Period in Beaufort, South Carolina, 1862 – 1915

As Dr. J. Brent Morris wrote on the America's Reconstruction | The Untold Story website: "The Reconstruction Era was literally a period of rebuilding ... The ending of slavery not only brought freedom to African Americans but also inaugurated a complex reshaping of fundamental American institutions including the lawmaking process, family structure, church organization, and … Continue reading Reconstruction Period in Beaufort, South Carolina, 1862 – 1915

Ghost Stories of Beaufort County, SC – Part 6: The Land’s End Light

Retold by Dennis Adams, Information Services Coordinator (Retired), written for the Beaufort County Library website in 2007 and re-posted with minimal editing by Beaufort District Collection Manager, Grace Morris Cordial, MLS, SL, CA on 31 October 2016.  Beaufort County has its own rich store of folklore, including ghost tales. The most famous of these many … Continue reading Ghost Stories of Beaufort County, SC – Part 6: The Land’s End Light

Ghost Stories of Beaufort County, SC- Part 5: Hags

Retold by Dennis Adams, Information Services Coordinator (Retired), written for the Beaufort County Library website in 2007 and re-posted with minimal editing by Beaufort District Collection Manager, Grace Morris Cordial, MLS, SL, CA on 30 October 2016.  Some African-Americans of the Sea Islands still believe in multiple souls: the "soul" leaves the body and returns … Continue reading Ghost Stories of Beaufort County, SC- Part 5: Hags

Ghost Stories of Beaufort County, SC – Part 4: Library Gremlins

Retold by Dennis Adams, Information Services Coordinator (Retired), written for the Beaufort County Library website in 2007 and re-posted with minimal editing by Beaufort District Collection Manager, Grace Morris Cordial, MLS, SL, CA on 29 October 2016.  Beaufort County has its own rich store of folklore, including ghost tales, a few even here in our … Continue reading Ghost Stories of Beaufort County, SC – Part 4: Library Gremlins

Ghost Stories of Beaufort County, SC – Part 3

Retold by Dennis Adams, Information Services Coordinator (Retired), written for the Beaufort County Library website in 2007 and re-posted with minimal editing by Beaufort District Collection Manager, Grace Morris Cordial, MLS, SL, CA on 28 October 2016.  Beaufort County has its own rich store of folklore, including ghost tales. Local historian Gerhard Spieler (1920-2012) wrote … Continue reading Ghost Stories of Beaufort County, SC – Part 3