My Friend, the Gullah:
A Collection of Personal Experiences…

by J. Gary Black

My Friend, the Gullah (J. Gary Black)

1974. Drawings by Nancy Ricker Webb. 50pp. including index. 6 x 9 inches. Hardcover. Library of Congress Catalog Card Number 74-21797.


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From the Book Jacket:
About the Book

Gullah is the negro dialect spoken by the ex-slaves and their descendants in that coastal region which extends from Georgetown, S.C. to the northern border of Florida. It is the most pronounced of the negro-English jargons in America and represents a linguistic link between America, the Antilles and Africa. The branches of the family tree of Gullah are American, the trunk is West Indian and the roots English.

Gullah has become a lost tongue, and the tales that go with it will soon have vanished. Only those who have a deep understanding of Gullah and what it was can delay this. There are some who have spent a lifetime in contact with Gullah and those who talk it. Such a one is the author of this volume.

About the Creators

James Gary Webb (1895–1982), son of James Benjamin and Tululah DuBois Black of Prichardville, South Carolina, succeeded his father as Auditor of his native Beaufort County in 1920, and served in that position for 43 years. A resident of Beaufort, he was well-known as a folklorist and popular after-dinner speaker.

Nancy Ricker Webb is a fourth-generation artist whose home and studio are in Beaufort.


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