Historian Griffin Lotson explains the origins of the Gullah Geechee people.

Along the Coast The Steeple

Premiered January 18, 2023
Along the Coast

In episode 2: Gullah Geechee historian Griffin Lotson explains the origins of the Gullah Geechee people and their slave ancestry. The descendants and restoration advocates of the Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation remain close to their ancestors and vow to save the historic Needwood Baptist Church and the little schoolhouse next door.

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The Steeple

Aspects of our unique Southern history can only be told through its surviving rural churches. As the backcountry rapidly expanded in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, the churches erected on this newly parceled land became the center of community life. These are the stories that built our nation.

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