Daufuskie Island Graveyards:
True to long held traditions, families of early planters and their descendants were interred in cemeteries exclusive to their namesakes. The Mary Dunn cemetery is nestled at the end of a narrow root laden lane among old pines and live oaks. Members and descendants of the Martinangele family, among the island earliest settlers, were the first to be buried here.

Grave markers serve as a roster of Daufuskie’s pioneers, past and present.

The number of Gullah cemeteries on Daufuskie Island, including the Bloody Point Cemetery and the Mary Field Cemetery far outnumber the white. Often difficult to find and even harder to discern one plot from another, most of the island’s Gullah cemeteries are at waters edge. Traditionally, many Gullah would have decorated the graves of loved ones with items like wooden crosses, shells, fishing nets, and herbs. Time and weather and tide have taken their toll; devastating many sites, remains washing into the sea.


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