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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Cultural Heritage Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Rice, Nuts
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Cities
Favorite Quote:
That's Great.

Birthplace

Born:
10/11/1941
Birth Location:
Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Cultural Heritage Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Rice, Nuts
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Cities
Favorite Quote:
That's Great.

Birthplace

Born:
10/11/1941
Birth Location:
Hilton Head Island
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Biography

Cultural heritage chief executive and author Emory Shaw Campbell was born on October 11, 1941 on Hilton Head Island in South Carolina. He attended elementary school on Hilton Head Island. Campbell travelled to the nearby city of Bluffton, South Carolina to attend Michael C. Riley High School where he graduated as class valedictorian in 1960. He received his B.A. degree in biology in 1965 from Savannah State College, and in 1971, he earned his M.A. degree from Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts.

Campbell served as the Director of Community Service Education at the Beaufort-Jasper Comprehensive Health Services in Ridgeland, South Carolina for ten years before becoming Director of the Penn Center on St. Helena Island in 1980. The historic Penn Center, which opened in the 1800s to educate freed slaves, serves as a center to preserve the history and heritage of the Island.

During his tenure at the Penn Center, Campbell spearheaded efforts to create a family connection between the Gullah people and the people of Sierra Leone in West Africa. In 1988, he hosted Sierra Leone President Joseph Momoh at the Penn Center for the Gullah reunion and became an Honorary Paramount Chief in 1989 when he led the historic Gullah Reunion to Sierra Leone. A documentary of these two events has been produced for South Carolina Educational Television.

Campbell’s work to preserve the Gullah culture has led him to write several publications one of which is "Gullah Cultural Legacies." He also worked on a project to translate the New Testament of the Bible into the Gullah language. In 2005, he received the Carter G. Woodson Memorial for outstanding work. He retired from the Penn Center in 2002 and is the President of Gullah Heritage Consulting Services.

Campbell lives on Hilton Head Island with his wife, Emma. They have two adult children, Ochieng and Ayoka.

Emory Shaw Campbell was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on January 30, 2007.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Emory Campbell's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Emory Campbell lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Emory Campbell describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Emory Campbell remembers fishing with his maternal grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Emory Campbell describes his mother's personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Emory Campbell describes his family's land
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Emory Campbell recalls lessons from his mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Emory Campbell describes his paternal grandmother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Emory Campbell describes his maternal family's education
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Emory Campbell describes his paternal relatives' careers
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Emory Campbell lists his siblings
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Emory Campbell talks about his youngest brother
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Emory Campbell describes the community on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Emory Campbell describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Emory Campbell remembers his childhood home
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Emory Campbell recalls the Spanish Wells School on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Emory Campbell remembers Robinson Junior High School on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Emory Campbell recalls his extracurricular activities
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Emory Campbell recalls listening to the radio as a child
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Emory Campbell remembers Michael C. Riley High School in Bluffton, South Carolina
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Emory Campbell describes his chores
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Emory Campbell talks about the terms Geechee and Gullah
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Emory Campbell describes the Gullah food traditions
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Emory Campbell talks about the Gullah religion
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Emory Campbell describes the founding of Mitchelville on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Emory Campbell talks about the Gullah language
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Emory Campbell recalls attending Michael C. Riley High School in Bluffton, South Carolina
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Emory Campbell recalls his early experiences of racial discrimination, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Emory Campbell recalls his early experiences of racial discrimination, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Emory Campbell remembers his community's self-sufficiency
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Emory Campbell describes the Savannah State College in Savannah, Georgia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Emory Campbell remembers the Civil Rights Movement, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Emory Campbell remembers the Civil Rights Movement, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Emory Campbell remembers moving to Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Emory Campbell describes his research at the Harvard School of Public Health
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Emory Campbell describes his decision to attend Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Emory Campbell talks about his family
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Emory Campbell remembers researching pesticides in the Mississippi Delta
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Emory Campbell recalls his experiences in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Emory Campbell recalls working at the Beaufort-Jasper-Hampton Comprehensive Health Services, Inc.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Emory Campbell recalls the Gullah translation of the Bible
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Emory Campbell describes the Penn Center on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Emory Campbell remembers visiting West Africa
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Emory Campbell describes the publications on the Gullah culture
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Emory Campbell describes his hopes for the Gullah people, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Emory Campbell describes his hopes for the Gullah people, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Emory Campbell talks about the changes in the Gullah culture
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Emory Campbell reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Emory Campbell shares a message to future generations
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Emory Campbell describes how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Emory Campbell narrates his photographs