A large group of islanders and visitors gathered April 2nd on a lovely spring afternoon to salute Sarah Grant, the island’s last midwife and island icon in the mid-20th century. At the ceremony the newly restored carriage that she rode to “granny” new babies into the world was dedicated to her memory. Two information signs about both her life and the history of the carriage were unveiled. A number of her “babies” came to the dedication, including Ervin Simmons and Sallie Ann Robinson, who spoke, as well as Ella Mae Jenkins, whose son Alberto was the last birth that Sarah Grant assisted.
Since then, work has begun to complete the building that will house the carriage. The enclosure is designed to be historically appropriate to the other buildings on DIHF’s Billie Burn Museum campus. DIHF is grateful to its members and friends whose donations made this significant island historical preservation possible.
DIHF’s docents were feted at a reception held May 5th at the home of the new Daufuskie Island Historical Foundation board president Geoff Brunning. These loyal souls are the official greeters at the Billie Burn Museum Complex, making sure it is open Tuesday through Saturday, rain or shine. They have also been invaluable in helping host DIHF events and chaperoning special visiting groups around the island to see historical sites.
DIHF is indebted to its volunteers as it works to fulfil its mission to preserve and share the history and culture of Daufuskie Island. Manning the Museum is a meaningful way to introduce visitors to the unique history of the island, while often patiently answering questions such as: “You live here? What do you find to do?” Interested in joining this dedicated group of volunteers? Call Nancy Ludtke, 843-384-6363.