“The Gullah Storyteller”

Dr. Louise Miller Cohen  is a native of Hilton Head Island.   Mrs. Cohen was chosen, called and anointed by God.  She has become the renowned authentic Gullah – Geechee Storyteller, historian, entertainer, teacher, and preserver of Gullah-Geechee  Heritage. 

From infancy,  Louise Miller Cohen  was regaled with stories of  the Gullah Culture, their history,  songs, shouts and food.

In  1930, Ms. Georgianna  Jones Bryan built a tiny wooden house for her brother,  William “ Duey “ Simmons.

The  “Little House” was restored  in 2010. Today it serves as the Gullah Museum  of Hilton Head Island where Ms. Cohen is the curator.

Ms. Cohen  has an Associate Degree in Early Childhood  Education from the University of South Carolina.

In 2003, Ms. Cohen founded the Non-Profit Gullah Museum of Hilton Head Island.

In 2004, she narrated  documentaries including  “Remnants of Mitchelville”, and co-wrote the play “Seeking  A Spiritual Journey” in 2005.

In 2007, she received the Jean Laney Harris Folk Heritage Award.

In 2010, she earned  the Governor’s Award from the South Carolina Palmetto  Trust.

In 2012, she was honored  by the National Trust for Historic Preservation  for her work on restoring the “Little House”.

In 2014, Ms. Cohen served as the primary consultant,  and was also featured in the award winning documentary “Hilton Head Island back in the Day”.

In 2016, Ms. Cohen received an  Honorary Degree of Humane Letters from the University of South Carolina for her leadership in preserving the Gullah Culture, commitment to serving the citizens of the Lowcountry,  and dedication to the restoration of the “Little House”.

In 2017, she was recognized  by the National Civil Rights Library through the presentation of a 2017 Community Service Award  and a Commendation Award from Mayor David Bennett of Hilton Head.

In 2018, Ms. Cohen was among 11 notable Palmetto state residents to be featured in the South Carolina African American History Calendar.