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Walter Edgar's Journal

Preserving the Roadside Stands of Sweetgrass Basket-Makers


Friday - February 17, 2012


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About This Show

The U.S. Highway 17 widening project in Mount Pleasant affects the heart of the traditional sweetgrass basket-making community in South Carolina, and is part of the Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor, a National Heritage Area, which extends from Wilmington, North Carolina to St. Augustine, Florida.

Working with a number of partners, the town of Mount Pleasant has created a plan to minimize the impact of widening U.S. 17 on the basket- makers’ roadside stands, many of which have been in the same families for generations. Joining Dr. Edgar to tell the story of this unprecedented project are Michael Allen of the National Park Service; Thomasena Stokes-Marshall, Mt. Pleasant Town Council Member and executive director of the Sweetgrass Cultural Arts Festival Association; and a Mt. Pleasant sweetgrass basket-maker, Lynette Yousin.


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