The ” Delicious Miss Brown” Serves Out History … Along with her Amazing Dishes

Kardea Brown filming her Edisto Island Ancestral Cuisine for HGTV

Dear Reader:

On a recent episode of Kardea Brown’s cooking show ( filmed on Edisto Island) she was planning a family gathering to be held on another sea island, close by, James Island wherein lies Mosquito Beach, or as islanders call it ” Skeeter” Beach.

It was one of six beaches available to African-Americans during Reconstruction and the Jim Crow era… most popular during the Civil Rights movements of the fifties and sixties.

Kardea is a descendant of the Gullah-Geechee culture … a distinct group of African-Americans living in the coastal areas of South Carolina and Georgia. They still preserve much of their West-African language, culture, and cuisine.

The intent of ” Mosquito Beach” was to give African-Americans a place to enjoy themselves by visiting friends, listening to music, dancing, enjoying freshly prepared seafood and ‘soul food.’ People could put aside the pressures and negativity associated with racial inequality and simply enjoy life.

Today Mosquito Beach ( mainly an area of pluff mud and a tidal creek) is one of the last recreational areas of its kind that is still active and largely intact. Most of the other five African-American properties fell prey to developers and ” wheeler-dealers.”

In 2019 Mosquito Beach was finally added to the National Register of Historical Landmarks.

With federal funding now… the famous landmark-The Pine Tree Hotel was to be fully restored and renovated… until a fire in April of this year damaged certain sections of it… but much was saved and the perseverance and determination of the committee and community are fighting for more funding to hopefully complete it.

So until tomorrow… I love it when well-known media personalities bring to light the history behind their genealogy and spearhead publicity to everyone interested in preservation of communities that tell a story of one people’s ancestral contributions to our country-made stronger by diversity!

Today is my favorite day… Winnie the Pooh

If nothing else… Winnie the Pooh taught us about the strength of diversity-he surrounded himself with all diversified friends… everyone was different-it is what made them great and memorable!

It is 3:00 mid-afternoon… and as if right on cue… here comes the thunderstorms… or as Linda Carson calls it -” Our drought and drown” summer cycle! 😉

A new fishing shirt and Jake is a happy camper-speaking of… he will be going to two weeks of day camps with his cousins-one week of tennis/ swimming and the next surfing! Have fun boys!
Eva Cate organizes her room before leaving for St Christopher Camp today! She is our homesick/ home body girl so would appreciate prayers she can overcome homesickness this year! Have already gotten off a letter to her so it will there ready to give out to her. You can do it Eva Cate!!! 😘 You go girl!

Winnie seems to sense Eva Cate is leaving and is spending more time under the couch.

About Becky Dingle

I was born a Tarheel but ended up a Sandlapper. My grandparents were cotton farmers in Laurens, South Carolina and it was in my grandmother’s house that my love of storytelling began beside an old Franklin stove. When I graduated from Laurens High School, I attended Erskine College (Due West of what?) and would later get my Masters Degree in Education/Social Studies from Charleston Southern. I am presently an adjunct professor/clinical supervisor at CSU and have also taught at the College of Charleston. For 28 years I taught Social Studies through storytelling. My philosophy matched Rudyard Kipling’s quote: “If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.” Today I still spread this message through workshops and presentations throughout the state. The secret of success in teaching social studies is always in the story. I want to keep learning and being surprised by life…it is the greatest teacher. Like Kermit said, “When you’re green you grow, when you’re ripe you rot.”
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2 Responses to The ” Delicious Miss Brown” Serves Out History … Along with her Amazing Dishes

  1. Rachel Edwards says:

    Prayers for the grands as they head for camp…especially Eva Cate. Loved the blog today…so interesting.


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