An 1823 Praise House, Daufauskie Island

An 1823 Praise House, Daufauskie Island; (c) Soul Of America

Daufauskie Island

Mary Fields School
Built for newly freed slaves it was the only schoolhouse on the island. The school was made famous by Pat Conroy, the first white and first male to teach at the school in 1969. His book “The Water is Wide” was turned into the 1974 movie “Conrack” (his students mispronounced Conroy) starring Jon Voight. The movie was shot on Daufauskie Island. The school is currently used as a community center by First Union African Baptist Church
ADDRESS: Old School Road

First Union African Baptist Church
Built in circa 1881 and listed on the National Historic Register. Along with the Mary Fields School it is one of the few remaining original buildings used by the native Gullah residents on the island. Sadly the church has lost almost all of its original Gullah parishioners because of resort and gated community development. However the church is still in operation. The Praise House (circa 1823), precursor to the church, was rebuilt in 2002. Praise Houses were the precursors to black churches during slavery.
SUNDAY WORSHIP: 11a; Old School Road, Daufauskie Island
PHONE: 843-842-5466

African Americans on the Sea Islands Tour
Tour includes tour of Ft. Howell and Historic Mitchelville
DAYS & HOURS: Fridays at 2p
PHONE: 843-689-6767

Daufauskie Island Historical/Cultural Tour
Only accessible by boat, it’s a 1-hour ferry ride and 2-hour on-board speaking bus tour
PHONE: 843-816-5788

Gullah Heritage Trail Tours
Two-hour tour through 10 Hilton Head neighborhoods with emphasis on Gullah Culture; depart from & return to Welcome Center and The Discovery Museum of Hilton Head
ADDRESS: 100 William Hilton Parkway
PHONE: 843-681-7066

Native Island Business & Community Affairs Association
ADDRESS: 21 Cardinal Road, Suite 105
PHONE: 843-689-9314

Beaufort County Black Chamber of Commerce
ADDRESS: 1506 Prince Street
PHONE: 843-986-1102

The Gullah Sentinel
Voice of the Lowcountry’s African American Community
ADDRESS: 2303 Boundary Street, Suite 1
PHONE: 843-982-0500


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