Pastor Gwendolyn Green is hoping an upcoming cultural festival will bring large crowds to a historic spot in Bluffton. The area surrounding her church -- St. John's Baptist Church on Pritchard Street -- is rich in black history, Green says.
"Because this is Black History Month, we wanted to point out that type of history," she said.
Green is one of the organizers of the Han We Down Gullah Festival planned for next weekend. She said the goal of the event is to raise awareness "of all this diverse culture that we have here in Bluffton."
The celebration will feature traditional Gullah cuisine, soul music, a history presentation and Gullah-inspired arts and crafts. Guests can see how a sweetgrass basket is made, check out an art exhibit or sample some gumbo and fried cornbread. Entertainment will include African dance, jazz music, a fashion show and hair wrap demonstrations. Don't leave the kids at home -- there will be plenty of games and activities to keep them happy.
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Green said about 25 food vendors and 20 art vendors have signed up for the event. Money raised from booth rentals will benefit the Han Me Down Gullah Museum, which is inside St. John's. The museum contains Gullah artifacts, paintings and quilts.