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Gullah and Johns Island – Remembering My Past

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When the folks at Elysian Magazine asked if I knew any Charleston chefs, I said “Well, I know a fabulous Lowcountry Gullah cook who has been cooking for Johns Island’s Rural Mission for over 30 years.” The next thing you know, I am calling Doris Sease (daughter of my beloved Tootsie) and arranging a photo shoot on our property on Johns Island.  The magazine just came out this week entitled, Continuing a Legacy.  Be sure to pick up a copy of Elysian Magazine and read this wonderful article.

 

 

 

Writer, Abby Derring and photographer, Josh Norris captured the essence of Doris’ unnamed (1)passion for community work, church and cooking.

The article included the historic Moving Star Hall where members “sang with their whole body.” Tootsie was a member of the Moving Star Hall Singers; a group proclaimed as the ‘bearers of the oldest layer of Afro-American cultural expression in America’. I remember when Tootsie performed at the Smithsonian and in other prestigious places across the county. Doris began cooking when Tootsie began touring.

Posted in Charleston, country, Gullah, Johns Island by Jane Jenkins Herlong.
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Holy Victim City- Charleston Shooting

Those of us who were reared in Charleston continue to be heart-broken with the horrific details of the nine murders Wednesday evening.  Hearing the words, “the city of Charleston” mentioned over and over again is surreal. This unspeakble act of terror does not fit the personality of Charleston; nothing makes sense. Charleston is a beautiful, eclectic city with a skyline of church steeples.Those of us who were reared in Charleston continue to be heart-broken with the horrific details of the nine murders Wednesday evening.  Hearing the words, “the city of Charleston” mentioned over and over again is surreal. This unspeakble act of terror does not fit the personality of Charleston; nothing makes sense. Charleston is a beautiful, eclectic city with a skyline of church steeples.

The gunman was from another city and chose the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church to kill nine innocent people.  They were in Bible study and he sat with this group for one hour before killing them. Dylann Roof chose this peaceful setting to send his racist message.

AMEWhat did this accomplish? Through this tragedy, the message of Christ is clear. As I type this twenty-four hours after the shooting, I have heard repeated references to faith, prayer, and the teachings of Christ. I think of the scripture: “You thought evil against me: but God turned it into good, that he might exalt me, as at present you see, and might save many people.” Genesis 50:20

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