2018-02-02 / Society

Gullah stories come alive at Brookdale

By Cynthia Sanders Brookdale


Donald Sweeper, Gullah storyteller Donald Sweeper, Gullah storyteller “Dis en yeah is yours, an dis en yeah is mine.”

The Gullah stories were entertaining and informative and the teller engaging.

It was a Night of Gullah at Brookdale Senior Living in Columbia. Donald Sweeper, Gullah storyteller, entertained the crowd with stories, history, and a song or two, not to mention tales from his own childhood growing up in a Gullah community.

Friends and family packed the activity room for this special night of storytelling. The South Carolina Humanities provided a supportive grant to bring this wonderful program to Brookdale.

“I enjoyed the storyteller,” said Joyce Lunn. “He was very good.”

Pauline Grubb added, “I never heard of it before; I learned something new to night.”

Some of the audience were native Carolinians, and some new to the state.

“I’ve been around a lot of it” added Grace Mayers with a big smile.

The children were delighted with the Gullah version of the Three Little Pigs. What a great Friday night program, filled with facts, stories, and funnies. Donald Sweeper transported the crowd to a time and place unique to South Carolina—from the rocking chair to the river baptism his stories were spoken in the Gullah dialect and depicted a cultural element in our state’s history.

A big thank you to the South Carolina Humanities for helping us provide this program to our residents and families!

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