Theresa is an authentic Gullah speaking presenter and tour guide who grew up in two historical places. She spent her early years on Edisto Island, SC where she was reared by her Gullah Grandmother in the Gullah Culture – a place that was filled with plantations and enslaved people working the plantations. The home of one of the sites of the Civil War and home of the Point of Pines Slave Cabin which was relocated to, and today stands as an exhibit at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture in Washington, DC. Theresa later relocated to the Charleston suburb of Maryville/Ashleyville which was a part of Albemarle Point, the very land where in 1670 the English colonists first settled. The first governor’s house was located on this land when it was called The Lords Proprietors Plantation. Maryville/Ashleyville was established in 1888 as the first all-Black Township in South Carolina with its own government.
Theresa was featured in the October 2014 issue of National Geographic Video Magazine. She is an Licensed Tour Guide, an Artist in Resident, a Historian, a Gullah Storyteller, and Docent at the Old Slave Mart Museum. She has been sharing her Gullah heritage most of her adult life through educational presentations and storytelling. She is committed to keeping this rich culture alive. Her artistic expressions contributes to the preservation of a culture that is an integral part of South Carolina and American History. Gullah has become a fleeting culture and language as result of a basic lack of understanding of its historical significance. Theresa is a member of the last generation that had direct contact with the Gullah speaking people whose heritage is disappearing with the baby boomers.