Saturday, May 11, 2024

Daufuskie's Living Legacy: A Glimpse into a Timeless Story by Josie Riviera.

Welcome back to Daufuskie Island, where every corner tells a story. This island is off the coast of South Carolina, and a 1 hour ferry ride from Hilton Head Island.

Here are some places to visit on the island:

First Union African Baptist Church: A Sacred Haven

Step into the First Union African Baptist Church. It's a place where faith, strength, and community intersect, carrying with it the weight of history. Pat Conroy, the famous author, captured the essence of such places in his best-selling memoir, The Water is Wide, sharing his experiences as a teacher on Daufuskie Island in the late 1960s.

Mary Fields School: Legacy of Learning

Continue on to the Mary Fields School, a humble school that became a symbol of Gullah commitment to education. The two room school was built in the early 1930s. Leftover wood was used to construct desks for the students. The school was integrated after the child graduated in 1962. When the Daufuskie Island Elementary School was built in 1997, the Mary Fields School was closed. The building was recently renovated and is used for church and civic activities.

Active Participation in Preservation

Daufuskie Island invites you not only to observe but to actively participate in the preservation of Gullah culture. Engage with historic sites, join guided tours led by passionate locals, and attend community events celebrating Gullah traditions. If you visit in May, the weather will be warm, and you can enjoy horseback riding on the beach, go kayaking, or visit any of the remote beaches.

I'm thrilled that my sweet beach romance, is available on Amazon. Immersed in Gullah culture, this book has a mystery that may or may not be solved by the end of the story! Grab your copy today.

If you prefer episodic reading, Pink Coral Island is also available on Kindle Vella. The first three episodes are free!

Grab it here.

Josie Riviera is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary, historical, and inspirational romances that read like Hallmark movies. She lives in the Charlotte, NC, area with her wonderfully support husband. They share their home with an adorable Shih Tzu, who constantly needs grooming, and live in an old house forever needing renovation.

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