Gaillard Center Gravesites Yielding History

Posted By Bill Payer on May 9, 2022 | 0 comments


From the Post & Courier…….

“The scientific research and discovery kicked off in 2013 by the now-defunct Gullah Society after the remains of 36 likely enslaved people were discovered near the Gaillard Center is bearing fruit.

The information is so compelling that articles have been published in prestigious scientific journals. Researchers have been studying not only DNA samples captured from the human remains, but DNA samples of the bacteria that lived in the mouths of the people who were buried at the Anson Street site.

Studying this dental calculus is giving the team insights about the general health of these Black ancestors, as well as clues about what they ate. This kind of inquiry has not been done before on the remains of Africans and African descendants that date to the 18th century, the researchers said.” To read the full article CLICK HERE (NON-SUBSCRIBERS WILL ENCOUNTER A PAYWALL)

Ade Ofunniyin, founder of the now-defunct Gullah Society, reads the names of the 36 people who’s skeletal remains were found during the renovation of the Gaillard Center in 2013. After DNA sampling, the remains were reinterred in a ceremony held on May 4, 2019. File/Brad Nettles/Staff Brad Nettles bnettles@postandcourier.com

For previous posts regarding Ade Ofunniyin, The Gullah Society and Daniel Island cemeteres CLICK HERE and HERE.

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