A Gullah Ghost Story by Bernard Albaugh

Daufuskie House with Haint Blue Shutters

Shutters on Daufuskie were often painted this color blue to keep away the “haints.”

Maggie Cooper: A Gullah Ghost Story, was inspired from Bernard’s Albaugh’s childhood experiences with a Gullah woman who was his caretaker:

A brief history will make my Gullah story a little more understandable. In 1942 when I was seven years old,my father and uncle were in the Army and stationed in Charleston,SC. Because of the housing shortage we lived in a number of government assigned houses. These were private summer homes along the coast including Isle of Palms, Sullivan’s Island, Folly Beach, and Mount Pleasant.

During that time a Gullah woman, Maggie Cooper,took care of my sister and me while my Dad and Mom were at work. Maggie spent most of her time cooking good Gullah food and telling my sister and I Gullah stories, many of which were ghost stories and personal tales of how witches(called haints) took her soul at night and “rode” her while taking all of her energy. Most of her stories were told to us in the Gullah language.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

In the summer of 2004 Bernard and his wife Patti visited Daufuskie, loved the ambience of the Island, joined the Melrose Club and built a cottage in the historic district. Two of their children ( B.J. and his wife Leisha and John and his wife Renai) lived on Daufuskie Island for a time and all of the grandchildren attended Daufuskie elementary school. Bernard and Patti enjoy the activities on Daufuskie, especially “The Farm” and most recently the March Tacky events.

Bernard has written an e-book, “Red Wolf and Little Coyote: Their Trail” that was recently recognized by the Jenkins Group of publishers, e-LitAwards, as the third best multicultural fiction e-book of 2011.

This is a book that will give you a fresh look at life in early Native American tribes. Bernard has reduced the price of the e-book to $3.50 for six weeks so the readers of Daufuskie Island Magazine will be able to buy the book at cost. It can be purchased by going to the Amazon/Kindle web page, the Sony Reader web page, the Kobo web page or the Nook (Barnes and Noble) web page and typing in the name of the book, “Red Wolf and Little Coyote: Their Trail”, in the search area.

This review is from: Red Wolf And Little Coyote: Their Trail (Kindle Edition)Bernard Albaugh’s book, Red Wolf and Little Coyote: Their Trail is a captivating saga of characters – late woodland era hunters and gatherers – facing common human dreams of their future, hope for love, and the challenges of life. Set against a backdrop of the pristine world just west of the Mississippi River along the Des Moines River in what is now Iowa, the very human story is absorbing, pulling the reader into a world both familiar and unique. It is a book of the transcendent and universal story of how each life – no matter when it is lived – influences the flow of history through acts of loyalty, love and courage. Readers who have enjoyed such books as Morgan Llyewelyn’s The Horse Goddess or Jean Auel’s Clan of the Cave Bear, are sure to enjoy this work of Albaugh’s.

 

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