Travel professional Sam Mustafa appreciates the rich cultural legacy of the Gullah-Geechee people. They will be celebrated this month in Obama’s second inaugural parade. He also explains how Charleston Hospitality Group can optimize the stay of visitors exploring the Gullah-Geeche culture in Charleston, SC.
The culture of the Gullah-Geeche people will be commemorated this month with a float in President Barrack Obama’s second inaugural parade. The float will include traditional baskets woven from the “sweet grass” that grows along the Southeast coast of the United States. It will also feature the cast nets that the Gullah-Geeche people have historically used to catch shrimp, as well as recordings of their music. It is hoped that the float will attract positive attention to the legacy of the Gullah-Geechee people, a legacy which has unfortunately been ignored and even rejected by mainstream society, causing some Gullah-Geeche folks to feel ashamed of their roots.
The Gullah-Geeche people are descendants of African slaves who settled in the Southeast coast of the United States, which includes the coastal plain and the Sea Islands. Their cultural practices were largely oriented around farming and fishing, with their own creole language, history, and forms of cooking and craft making. They have a particularly rich cultural history in the low-country of South Carolina. This is because a large number of the Gullah-Geeche people’s early ancestors were forcefully brought from Sierra Leone into the United States through the port of Charleston, North Carolina. Charleston was one of the most strategic ports in North America for the transatlantic slave trade.
With the new float in the inaugural parade, mainstream America will get a chance to learn about a forgotten legacy, while the Gullah-Geechee people can take pride in the role they have played in shaping the history of North America. Sam Mustafa, an entrepreneur based in Charleston, hopes that his hospitality group can accommodate those interested in coming to Charleston for the Gullah-Geeche culture in Charleston. Mustafa’s company, the Charleston Hospitality Group, provides visitors and residents the best in cuisine, nightlife, catering, and transportation that Charleston has to offer.
Sam Mustafa founded Charleston Hospitality Group in 2008. The group is committed to providing residents and tourists with the best possible options for dining, travel, and nightlife in Charleston, SC. The group currently has five brands and eight companies.