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The Culture That Rice Built

August 6 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

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Carolina Gold Rice made South Carolina one of the wealthiest state in the nation in the 1800’s; the plantations of the low country and Charleston houses were built on that crop. Successful cultivation of the crop was possible because of tidal rivers of the state and the knowledge brought by enslaved people from West Africa. Malaria and its impact on the white and black populations resulted in a unique working situation, the task system, that allowed the indigenous practices of the slaves to continue and gave rise to the Gullah culture. After the Civil War, rice production stopped in South Carolina but now it is having a resurgence as a specialty crop. Join Amanda McNulty, Clemson Extension Agent and Host of Making it Grow on SCETV, for a look at the importance of rice to South Carolina’s history and culture, and the renaissance of rice growing in the state.

Food for Thought Luncheon Lecture Series:
This is an event in the Food for Thought Luncheon Lecture Series. The luncheon lecture series takes place in an informal setting at the historic Captain James Missroon House, c. 1808. Join us atop Charleston’s High Battery and enjoy a commanding view of Charleston Harbor and the antebellum mansions along East Battery. Please note there is limited seating capacity as we will be socially distancing.

Participants will enjoy a casual light lunch of salads and sandwiches.

There is limited off-site parking.

Ticket Information:

  • Advance purchase is required.
  • $55 per person
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