The Charles Joyner Institute for Gullah and African Diaspora Studies examines the historical migration and scattering of African populations to local geographical areas and the subsequent evolution of blended cultures, specifically Gullah. CCU’s location at the northern tip of the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor puts it in a unique position for diaspora study and research. The work of the institute provides students with experiential learning opportunities, both at home and abroad, that center on interconnections among local, national, and global peoples and their societies. The Institute is also a catalyst for community involvement.
This fall marks 350 years of the historical connection between Carolina and Barbados, representing migration from Barbados and the beginning of slavery in Carolina. This symposium will commemorate this connection by exploring the historical and contemporary connections between Barbados and the Carolinas.
Join the Institute for African American Research for a virtual symposium on the rich history that connects the island of Barbados and the Carolinas. The African presence in what became South Carolina dates back to the 1500s and their arrival with early Spanish explorers. In 1670, when English settlers migrating from the island of Barbados established a settlement at Charles Towne, people of African descent began arriving via the island shortly thereafter. By the year’s end, almost 30 people of African descent could be found living among about 170 Europeans and thousands of Native Americans. To learn more about the beginnings of this connection and how it has developed to the present day for Gullah Geechee folks in the Carolinas to Barbados, join and hear from scholars presenting from the Caribbean to East Coast.