The Daufuskie Island Project

c. 1977–82, printed 2019
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The isolated Daufuskie Island off the coast of South Carolina was one of the places that the Gullah Geechee culture survived into the twentieth century.


Between 1977 and 1982, Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe photographed the people, homes, and activities of the small, close-knit African American community on Daufuskie Island, South Carolina. They were direct descendants of enslaved Africans brought there centuries ago to work on plantations. Their Gullah Geechee culture, which originated in the 1600s, intermingled African languages and religious practices with the rural English of the era and the Christian beliefs of the plantation owners.
The Daufuskie Island Project

The Daufuskie Island Project

c. 1977–82, printed 2019

Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe

(American, b. 1951)

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