Gullah Gone

Gullah Gone: Preserving the Land, Water and Culture of the Sea Islands

Directed by Denise McGill
Produced by Sherard Duvall


African Americans on St. Helena Island, South Carolina, have been employing sustainable farming and fishing practices to support their families and community since the Civil War. They have worked this land and water first as plantation slaves, then as freedmen owning small subsistence operations. It's now one of the last farming communities on the East Coast, devoid of commercial development. This Gullah community, a distinctive American culture, must now must choose whether to sell their pristine coastline to retire in luxury, or find a way to preserve their way of life for their children.

This project is fiscally sponsored by the Southern Documentary Fund.