In 2012, Dr. Ade Ofunniyin had a vision for an organization that would advocate for, preserve and protect Gullah Geechee burial grounds, history and culture. Between 2016-2020, the ASABG team – Ade Ofunniyin, Joanna Gilmore, La’Sheia Oubré, Grant Mishoe, Raquel Fleskes and Theodore Schurr, worked to further the mission of the Gullah Society, guided by the Ancestors. This website documents the memorialization process for the Anson Street Ancestors, between 2017-2019, and provides space for updates about our ongoing work. Thank you for supporting us.
May 3rd-DNA Testing
This is an opportunity for a free DNA test conducted by Dr. Theodore Schurr, who is an Anthropological Geneticist and member of the ASABG team. The samples will be analyzed at the University of Pennsylvania. Please sign up for your test here. One test per family please.
Join us for a community conversation about the DNA and dental calculus research and an update about plans for the Anson African Burials Memorial, with Dr. Theodore Schurr, La’Sheia Oubré and Joanna Gilmore.
May 6th Ancestors’ Reinterment Anniversary
We will be marking the 4-year anniversary of the reinterment of the Ancestors with the pouring of libations, drumming, and speeches. Join us as we celebrate our Ancestors!