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The Gullah/Geechees came together to declare themselves as a nation on July 2, 2000 with international observers and media present.

De Gullah/Geechee Nation Map

The Gullah/Geechee Nation exist from Jacksonville, NC to Jacksonville, FL.  It encompasses all of the Sea Islands and thirty to thirty-five miles inland to the St. John’s River.  On these islands, people from numerous African ethnic groups linked with indigenous Americans and created the unique Gullah language and traditions from which later came “Geechee.”   The Gullah/Geechee people have been considered “a nation within a nation” from the time of chattel enslavement in the United States until they officially became an internationally recognized nation on July 2, 2000.   At the time of their declaration as a nation, they confirmed the election of their first “head pun de boddee”-head of state and official spokesperson and queen mother.  They elected Queen Quet, Chieftess and Head-of-State for the Gullah/Geechee Nation (

Queen Quet is the first elected Chieftess and Head-of-State for the Gullah/Geechee Nation.

The Gullah/Geechee Nation can be reached at

Gullah/Geechee Nation Headquarters

Post Office Box 1109

St. Helena Island SC 29920

(843) 838-1171 or email

The Gullah/Geechee Nation Declaration states:


To preserve, protect, and promote our history, culture, language, and homeland and to institute and demand official recognition of the governance (minority) rights necessary to accomplish our mission to take care of our community through collective efforts which will provide a healthy environment, care for the well beings of each person, and economic empowerment.


As we are the authentic original Gullah/Geechee Nation with direct linkage to our ancestral legacy, we stand as custodians of Gullah/Geechee culture and protectors of our human rights. Henceforth, being the ONLY and TRUE keepers of the Gullah/ Geechee cultural legacy, upon us falls the responsibility to promote in an accurate and positive manner all aspects of Gullah/ Geechee culture by emanating knowledge and healing souls. This process is guided through the release of the full story of the foreparents of Gullah and Geechee ancestral souls and the wisdom of our elders.

WE intend to protect the development and construction of Gullah/Geechee culture through the establishment of appropriate institutions and law by the exercise of our human rights. Presently this is being achieved through and during conferences, workshops, festivals, and other celebrations of culture and the continuation of oral traditions, living history, crafts, skills, and reconnection to the soil. The establishment of this Constitution will guarantee the continuation by the exercise of our minority right to self-determination.

WE will link with organizations, other nations, and institutions that are contributing positively to the cultivation of our nation.insuring that those connections are carried out with dignity and honor.

In the tradition of our foreparents we will record in written form OURSTORY as a living testament to our Gullah/Geechee legacy. We will also broaden our continuum through the use of electronic and video and audio means of documentation. Through the exercise of our human rights, we will be the keepers of this material as we accept the responsibilities of defining ourselves and our ancestors.

WE will preserve, maintain, and reclaim ALL elements of our homeland which will FOREVER be our base of existence as we carry out these goals. With these goals in mind, Gullah/Geechee people take formal recognition of their nation and their human right to self-determination within the context of their minority governance rights, and thereby, the Gullah/Geechee Nation Wisdom Circle Council of Elders, by its hands, spirit and soul undertakes the task of creating and ratifying the first Constitution of the Gullah/Geechee Nation.


The Gullah/Geechee Nation Constitution is 21 pages long.  It is the document of governing principles by which the Wisdom Circle Council of Elders and the Assembly of Representatives operated as the right and left hands of the Head-of-State.

Official flag of the Gullah/Geechee Nation

Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation educates about the meaning of the national flag of the Gullah/Geechee Nation:

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  1. Katrina Taylor Jones RN BSN

    I am honored to see and hear that Gullah/Geechee is embraced. i am from Johns Island, SC now living in Colorado. My husband is from Mt Pleasant, SC. We have taught our daughter and granddaughter the history and language of OUR PEOPLE

    • al

      You and your family need to return down here. The conditions for most Black folks is extremely desperate. It takes a Village to raise a Nation.

    • Omar Nelson

      I’m proud always to be a descendent of Gullah Geechie!!

  2. Jacque Brunson

    I currently live in Fountain, CO. My parents are from the low country of SC. We have been called Geechies as long as I can remember. I used to be offended but now I am proud!

  3. William McKnight

    Hello Ms. Queen quet. My family and I would like to visit . I need prices for family of four .we looking forward to hearing from you.thank you and may god bless you and your.

  4. Kenny young

    What is the realtionship of the Gullah/Geechee Nation to Hatian people? My grandfather came to this contry by way of hati to Mississippi delta area.

    • Peace!

      We have a consistent history of battles for freedom in which Aiyti played a part. Haitians were a part of the Siege of Savannah. Is that the part of the migration of your grandfather or was he sold into enslavement at the Forks in the Road in MS?

  5. Hello! I’ve been reading your blog for a while now and finally
    got the bravery to go ahead and give you a shout
    out from Houston Texas! Just wanted to mention keep up the excellent work!

  6. Ernisha

    Greetings! My grandfather is from Williamsburg, SC and my family’s last name is Mayes. As I grew up my family called me “Geechee Mama” as a nickname. Do you all have any info on my family by way of last name and is that part of Carolina included in the GG Nation? My great aunts and uncles speak just like you all.

    • Peace!

      We are not familiar with the last name “Mayes.” Also, Williamsburg, SC is just past the boarder of the Gullah/Geechee Nation. Many of our people migrated to that county though.

  7. Lee Johnson

    Greetings, I know Johnson is a very popular slave name, however is there any history of the Johnsons from Georgia being Gullah?

    • Peace!

      Due to Johnson being the surname of many enslaved Africans, we have numerous Johnson Families throughout the Gullah/Geechee Nation.

  8. Awesome

  9. Kathy Perkins

    Wonderful sight

  10. Good Morning. I am a student at Coastal Carolina University. My final project for an Advanced Color Theory class is about the specific colors and their meaning in the Gullah/Geechee Nation. I watched the video from this website; it is about the flag. Are there other colors important to this Nation? Specifically in textiles. I will check out your store. Thank you.

    • Peace Julie!

      Indigo and white are healing colors and sacred colors for us. Queen Quet’s official colors are those and purple and gold. There are no other textile colors that are specific for us.

      Please make sure that we receive a copy of your project for the Gullah/Geechee Alkebulan Archive.

      Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition

  11. Jude Harms

    My great great grandparents Moses and Catherine Corbin were born into slavery on st. simon’s island. My daughter and I would like to learn more about them and the culture, any suggestions?

    • Gladdee hunnuh dey ya!

      You are in the right place! You should also subscribe to Gullah/Geechee TV and to Gullah/Geechee Riddim Radio You can also reach both of these from the top of this page. If you are on Facebook, become a fan of the Gullah/Geechee Nation there and you will know when we are doing events on St. Simon’s Island or in Brunswick, GA again also.

  12. Adrianne

    Greetings, is there any history of the Nicholson’s or Bush’s from South Carolina being Gullah?

    • Peace!

      There is a Gullah/Geechee Bush Family in Beaufort County, SC. The other surname is not familiar here.

  13. Terrie Williams

    Family stories place my .aternal great grandparents (Sally and Handy Thorne) as being GeeChees from South Carolina. My maternal grandmother spoke as GeeChees do. II’d love to research this GeeChee family lineage. Any suggestions, websites, geneology archives &/or websites would be most helpful and appreciated.
    Thank you Queen.

    • Hunnuh Welcum!

      There aren’t any specific genealogical websites to send you to. However, depending on what county and state that they are from, there are other physical archives that you will need to go to. This website is the best link for cultural info that is accurate.

  14. Karen

    Thank you for this site. I have never met any of my father’s family but they lived on Edisto Island and supposedly we still have property down there. I’m excited to learn more about our history and even visiting my roots in the future. From what I was told they came to Edisto by way of Barbados but I still need to sleuth it out.

    • Hunnuh welcum!

      Make sure to watch videos on our Gullah/Geechee TV channel about Edisto. Also, Queen Quet wrote about Edisto and also about the Barbados connection to the Sea Islands in “Chastun an E Islandts” and the opening of “St. Helena’s Serenity.” You can obtain them at

  15. Robin

    Greetings to you n yours;
    My grand mother is from South Carolina. Her family name is Latta. Does your history of families show that name anywhere?

    • Peace!

      We do not yet have any oral histories or families histories with the name “Latta.”

  16. Bob Johnson

    I am extremely proud that our people, the Gullah “Geechee People” are honoring and promoting the Gullah History to the rest of the World. My Mother and Father spoke the Gullah Geechee language for years, and they taught us the language and the cultural of Gullah Geechee at a very young age. I look forward attending the next Gullah function. I am extremely proud to be from Georgia and most of all I am Proud to be called a Gullah Geechee.

  17. Vanessa Shaw

    So glad I found you. I’m doing research on Eartha Kitt who was born in the town of North, South Carolina. A little “inland” from most Gullah people, I know however … do you know if she was Gullah or had ties to the Gullah people’s culture? Also, she had a method of cooking rice (not sure what) that literally was perfect and the best I ever ate. I know that the Gullah grew rice and I thought maybe that was the connection. Any thoughts would be appreciated. Sincerely, Vanessa Shaw

    • Peace!

      We would love to take claim for the Kitty Cat, but we do not have any info on her family background that connects to the Gullah/Geechee Nation’s coast. If you find some, let us know.

  18. Karla Robinson

    Hi! My mother’s family is from Beaufort SC. Do you have any record of Irene Roberts or Mabel Black? Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all of the work you are doing- I cannot express how moved I am. ~Karla Robinson

    • Peace Ms. Robinson!

      We have heard of various people with the last name Black from different parts of Beaufort County, SC. However, we do not have specific records on the family. If your family still owns land here, it is easy enough to trace backwards from county records associated with deeds and via records at the Heritage Library on Hilton Head Island in addition to the records in Columbia at the Department of Archives and History.

      Thanks for your support!

  19. Im really feeling like ive found the missing pieces of myself.
    My grand father was geechee and now in his passing my family and I wish to honor him and our ancestors by learning and teaching our children their heritage.
    I was very moved by the last lecture from Queen Quet about names. And was wondering in my learning, makes me wonder what would my name be? I agree that names help make Destinys.

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