Sandra Abdul Hafiz Interview


Sandra Abdul Hafiz Interview


Harper, Zenobia (Interviewer);Jackson, Sarah (Interviewer)





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Sandra Abdul Hafiz grew up visiting her mother's family in Plantersville. Her mother, Magnolia Green, was born and raised in Plantersville, but met and married her father, Samuel Keys, in Virginia. She grew up in Hampton, Virginia, but would return to Plantersville for holidays and summers. She admires the connectivity of the Plantersville community and recalls vividly the experience of attending church where her feet couldn't touch the floor. Her grandmother, Margaret Drayton, lived in Plantersville and inspired Sandra's mother to get an education. Sandra continued this legacy by attending Tuskegee University, when her mother passed away her freshman year. She discusses the importance of her family bible, and her research to find her ancestry from the first generation that was enslaved from Cameroon to her great-grandmother, Wednesday, who was enslaved at Brookgreen Gardens. She relates her mother's close relationship with her father, though he died of typhoid fever when she was 12. She relates this experience to losing her mother at 19 and trying to trace through the stories that she knows about. She recalls that people in Plantersville relied on natural remedies rather than medicine, calling the ambulance the "death wagon," because it would take so long to arrive. Though her mother ended up working at a hospital, Hafiz remembers that her mother always kept these concoctions to help supplement the medicine, like Catnip Tea to help with viruses. She also remembers her mother gardening, so they didn't have to go to the grocery store for vegetables. She hopes that the future of Plantersville will be told by the individuals who were successful and can help return and preserve the land. This interview was conducted at the Coastal Carolina Univeristy campus with Zenobia Harper and gradaute student Sarah Jackson.


Plantersville (S.C.)--History;Georgetown County (S.C.)--Economic conditions;Georgetown County (S.C.)--Race relations;Georgetown County (S.C.)--Social life and customs;African Americans--Education--South Carolina;Gullahs--South Carolina--Folklore;Gullahs--South Carolina--Religion;Gullahs--Medicine;Gullahs--South Carolina--Interviews;Gullahs--Plantersville (S.C.)--Interviews;Slavery--South Carolina--History;Hafiz, Sandra Abdul;Plantersville (S.C.)


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Sandra Abdul Hafiz Interview