The Gullah Kinfolk
The Mission of Gullah Kinfolk Traveling Theater is the preservation, advancement and promotion of the Gullah Culture through non-profit artistic productions, performances and educational programs.
The Gullah Kinfolk Traveling Theater, Inc. is a 501c3 non-profit multi-disciplinary organization based on the Sea Islands of Beaufort, South Carolina. It was founded in August 2013 by Beaufort County Sea Island native, Anita Singleton Prather, integrating art, education, social justice, cultural tourism, economic development and equity. This musical ensemble fulfills its mission through theatrical productions, educational programs, artist demonstrations, Gullah Heritage tours, workshops, mentorship/apprenticeship programs, racial understanding and healing, tourism development, cultural exchange programs, culinary arts, lecture series, film and music production.
The Beaufort community is rooted in the Gullah culture and is more strongly committed to its African Heritage than other communities of the African diaspora. Their historic and cultural importance, recognized by the Federal Government’s Gullah Geechee Corridor and Reconstruction Monument, is often not understood by segments of the community.
The Gullah Kinfolk Traveling Theatre celebrates the importance, history, significance and richness of the Gullah culture. Performances and educational programs provide an understanding of the direct ties between Western Africa, especially Sierra Leone, with South Carolina and the entire Gullah/Geechee Corridor. It illustrates the importance of cultural diversity in making this a great country.
AUNT PEARLIE SUE
Aunt Pearlie Sue is the creation of Anita Singleton-Prather, a native of the Sea Islands of Beaufort, South
Carolina. Based on her grandmother, Aunt Pearlie Sue's character has entertained audiences with Gullah-
flavored folktales for over 20 years from the schoolhouse to the White House.
The Gullah Kinfolk preserves Gullah history and dialect, through expressions of musical performance. The Kinfolk is comprised of Prather’s family members, many of whom have been singing for years.
Gullah Kinfolk Traveling Theater will be presenting “Decoration Day, an Old Fashion Memorial Day Celebration” on Saturday, May 15, with two show performances, 3 PM and 6 PM, at the University of South Carolina at Beaufort’s Center for the Arts. Both shows will be taped for the upcoming release of the “Decoration Day: The Movie.”