The Gullah people have survived on the Carolina sea islands for centuries. Now development is taking a toll

THE LA TIMES, 4 NOVEMBER 2016, FEAT. PROF. JOSH EAGLE:

When the remnants of Hurricane Matthew threatened the coastal lowlands of South Carolina, 335,000 people fled for higher ground. Marquetta Goodwine stayed put.

Inside her purple-trimmed bungalow, built on land claimed by her ancestors from their slave masters, the chieftess of the Gullah people lit a lantern and listened. The storm roared ashore, overwhelmed the beaches, sluiced through cropland and ripped new docks from their marshy holdings.

The morning after, Goodwine drove as far as she could on the two-lane roads of this 63-square-mile island, stopping only when fallen trees or wires blocked her way.

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