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Today, the descendants of the first 231 slaves still connected to site. They come back every year from wherever they live now to celebrate the Rice Festival. Occasionally, individuals who live close by come to fish in the pond. Those descendants say they have always felt that this place is their home even though most of them live hundreds of miles away, and that going to the Praise house has always been something they are eager to do. They say that being in plantation and looking at what their grandparents have done makethem proud.

Colonial South Carolina and Georgia grew and amassed great wealth from the slave labor obtained from the Senegambia area of West Africa and from coastal Sierra Leone.Slaves from this region of Africa brought the highest prices, in recognition of their prior knowledge of rice culture, which was put to use on the many rice plantations in the South. Along with their knowledge, they brought their culture, the Gullah-Geechee culture, and this explains the strength of this culture in this plantation.


site sketch Ink on paper

fall 2012