For Juneteenth, a gift from my grandparents Norvel and Neva Daniel
For Juneteenth I'll share how my mom's parents were braver than I think I could be. Working for the Mather School for Colored Girls in the 1930 aiming to provide equal education to young Gullah girls, right after a time where, I was reminded by one of the Mather museum curators, it was recently a crime to educate slaves.
My grandfather Norvel Daniel, the superintendent of the school felt compelled to log the girls songs and games. He had the instinct to know the girl's folklore and culture was precious and to try to save it. I have a notebook full of his notes I sent copies of to the Smithsonian's African American History Museum and they seemed excited to get it.
Now bear in mind that Kumbaya, a song I love, came from the Gullah as well. I don't know if these songs are known. Here are a just a few of Norvel's copious notes: