Daufuskie Island Foundation

Preserving our Culture.  Protecting our Land.  Securing our Future.

In 1976 Francis Jones, Principal of the Mary Fields School on Daufuskie Island, established Daufuskie Day. Ms. Jones' intent

was to create an event that would preserve the native island Gullah culture, create a legacy honoring native islanders, and

increase touris to the island. Later, this initiative would prove to be vital to the native island economy. In 2005 seven young

native islanders decided it was essential that they assume the responsiblity of preserving their unique island heritage and

culture and continue with the production of Daufuskie Day. Eight years later Daufuskie Day has grown from an island event

to one that is recognized regionally and nationally. The seven young native islanders, not dettered by poor economic

conditions, picked up the torch and continued in the traditions of Francis Jones. They formed a Board of Directors and

established the Daufuskie Island Foundation in 2005 and incorporated as a non profit entity in 2013. Their mission, to

provide native Daufuskie Islanders with opportunities for economic development, and the preservation of its culture and land.

The production and implementation of Daufuskie Day is a mission initiative. Highlights of the event include food and craft

vendors selling indigenous products, sweet grass basket sewers performing demonstrations and selling thier baskets, an island

tour that stops at local island businesses, art galleries, the historic district and the Billie Burn Museum. Gullah storytellers

sharing their tales in Gullah, and muscians performing African, Gospel and Negro spiritual music.