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[SC] Secluded Sandy Island deeply rooted in Gullah

bout 50 people live on Sandy Island now, all descended from slaves brought from West Africa to cultivate rice on nearby plantations. The residents are the direct descendants of the Gullah People.

Secluded Sandy Island deeply rooted in Gullah Geechee culture

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Some would call it the pearl of an oyster. It is a close-knit community that very few people have had a chance to visit - a hidden gem tucked between two rivers, just inland from the Grand Strand.

Sandy Island is about 12,000 acres, or 40 square miles. It is 8 miles long and 5 miles wide, and includes both wetlands and high and dry land.

WMBF News Anchor Christel Bell had the unique opportunity to visit and learn about Sandy Island from the people who make it home, and how the heritage and customs of this secluded island have impacted South Carolina and its history.

It's believed that the merging of the Waccamaw River and the Great Pee Dee River was like a sand bar creating Sandy Island. The creek, which stretches from the mainland to the island, creates a pathway for the residents back in the early 60s to get to and from their homes. Sandy Island has a lot of history, but perhaps what is most deeply-rooted and has shaped the island's history is the Gullah Geechee culture.

It's a place where time stops.

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:) t.b.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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