Commandment Keeper Church, Beaufort South Carolina, May 1940

Commandment Keeper Church, Beaufort South Carolina, May 1940

Directed by Zora Neale Hurston • 1940 • United States

This footage, shot by author Zora Neale Hurston in the Sea Island community of Beaufort, South Carolina, observes the religious practices of the Gullah people. The footage is accompanied here by field audio recordings by Norman Chalfin, who wrote of the endeavor, "There was no electric power . . . Illumination was from kerosene lamps." Because there was no electricity, they could not effectively synchronize sound and image. In 2006, the footage was selected for the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress.

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Commandment Keeper Church, Beaufort South Carolina, May 1940
  • Commandment Keeper Church, Beaufort South Carolina, May 1940

    Directed by Zora Neale Hurston • 1940 • United States

    This footage, shot by author Zora Neale Hurston in the Sea Island community of Beaufort, South Carolina, observes the religious practices of the Gullah people. The footage is accompanied here by field audio recordings by Norman Chalfin, who ...

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  • The Films of Zora Neale Hurston

    This introduction highlights the short films of Zora Neale Hurston, which she shot on her trips to Florida between 1927 and 1929.