Gullah Folktales from the Georgia Coast

Charles Colcock Jones Jr.
Foreword by Susan Millar Williams

A rare collection of authentic Gullah folktales from the Georgia and Carolina coasts returns to print

In 1888, Charles Colcock Jones Jr. published the first collection of folk narratives from the Gullah-speaking people of the South Atlantic coast, tales he heard black servants exchange on his family's rice and cotton plantation. It has been out of print and largely unavailable until now.

Jones saw the stories as a coastal variation of Joel Chandler Harris's inland dialect tales and sought to preserve their unique language and character. Through Jones' rendering of the sound and syntax of nineteenth-century Gullah, the lively stories describe the adventures and mishaps of such characters as "Buh Rabbit," "Buh Ban-Yad Rooster," and other animals. The tales range from the humorous to the instructional and include stories of the "sperits," Daddy Jupiter's "vision," a dying bullfrog's last wish, and others about how "buh rabbit gained sense" and "why the turkey buzzard won't eat crabs."

Page count: 232 pp.
Trim size: 5 x 8

Read more about Gullah culture at the New Georgia Encyclopedia.


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Charles Colcock Jones (1831-1893), was a prominent Georgia planter, lawyer, politician, and historian. Susan Millar Williams lives in McClellanville, South Carolina, where she is the executive director of the McClellanville Arts Council. Her writing has been published in the Nation and the Southern Review. She is the author of A Devil and a Good Woman, Too: The Lives of Julia Peterkin (Georgia).