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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. Tiffany Mack

    Hello, I don’t know alot about my family roots. But my great, great grandfather was from South Carolina and they always called him a geeche. His full name was Sammy Mack . Is that last name common?

    • Peace!

      There is a Mack Family on St. Helena Island. You should check and see if they are kin to you.

      • Tiffany Mack

        What you said brought tears to my eyes.. Just curious Nelson is also included in the Macks as well. How about Nelson is that last name common? And also Little.. I really want to trace my family history all the back to Africa but I know it’s pointless…

      • Peace Sister Mack!

        There Nelson name is one on St. Helena through marriage. We are not familiar with the name Little on the coast. However, come to the symposium and see how you can connect to your people.

  2. Jamecia

    Hi I Am from Jacksonville, Florida and I want to know are there any Byrd or Newman apart of Gullah/geechee

  3. neil

    Good morning,
    My family doesnt talk about our roots much but I know my maternal grandparents are from Low Country. Are the names Alexander or Anderson common in the area?

    • Peace!

      Those last names are not common here. You need to find out exactly what state and counties they are from.

  4. My paternal grandmother always told us tales about herself growing up as Gullah/geechee in South Carolina (Sea Island). Does the last name “Lewis” sound familiar in that area?

  5. Melvin Turner

    Greetings, my mother’s people are from South Carolina and were referred to as Upland Geechee. One Uncle, whose last name was Sligh,was born in Charlestonia,as he called it, and often talked about the customs and Geechee / Gullah ways. Can you kindly tell me if the name Sligh is a common one amongst the Gullah/Geechee folk?

    • Peace!

      That means that he was from “Upcountry, SC” and is not Gullah/Geechee. However, people were likely using the term “Geechee” in a derogatory way.

      Also, that surname is not common in the Gullah/Geechee Nation. Do some research on the family at the SC Department of Archives and History in Columbia. You will probably easily find records since that is not a common name.

  6. maryann660ac

    is hayes a common name there

  7. Lambert Crichlow

    Peace family,
    I’ve been attempting to reconnect my severed lineage to African, but my family doesn’t (wasn’t afforded) speak on ties dating back to the early 20th century.
    My family names are Whitehurst and Crichlow, do either of those names have any historicity
    with-in the Gullah Nation?

    Thanks and Blessings fam

  8. Lambert Crichlow

    Peace family,

    The surname Whitehurst or Crichlow have any historicity with-in your nation?

    Thanks and blessings

  9. Ruth Commodore Lancaster

    Do you know any Commodores? Please reply any thing you might know about them.

  10. Mary A Blount

    I too was told by my mother who is now 85 years old that my grandfather was a Geeche. The original spelling on the family name was Blunt. My mom told me that my great grandparents left their older adult children in South Carolina and brought my grand father and a few siblings to florida. I would like to know if the name Blunt is one in the land today or if it was there in the past.
    I am trying to find my whole self.

    Thank you for your time.

    • Peace!

      Have you simply researched South Carolina areas named “Blunt”? Check with the SC Department of Archives and History in Columbia, SC.

  11. Mary A Blount

    This is my second time contacting you.
    I am searching the SC archives, but in the mean time I would like to know if
    Buffit County SC is in Gullahgeechee land.
    I found this on my moms birth certificate as the place where my grandfather was born.

    Thank you.

    • That is likely an incorrect spelling of “Beaufort County, SC.” This happened a great deal on written documentation.

      • Mary A. Blount

        Yes, you are correct. So is this county part of the Gullahgeechee land.
        I do plan on attending some of your events if it is.
        May still come even if it’s not.

      • Mary A. Blount

        With the correct spelling, would this county be in Gullahgeechee land?
        I plan on visiting with my family, but need to know this information first.
        Please forgive me for so many questions. I just need to know because if it is I will have completed my grandfathers side of the family tree.

        Thank up so much.

      • Yes, Beaufort County is part of the Gullah/Geechee Nation.

  12. Hello doin further research… I found a slave being bout by the city Savannah. then seemingly sold to a Liptrot family in Burke County. does that show up in your records at all?
    it seems he was bout from a M. Slaighter straight from the ship. possibly The Wanderer.

    • We do not know of a “Burke” county, but there is “Berkeley County, SC.” You need to check records at Savannah Library and historical society regarding Liptrot to see if you find anything further.

  13. Stacey Robinson


    I am so humbled and inspired by your work. Thank you!!
    I have just learned that my Great Great Grandmother Cornelia Hamilton was born in 1860 on St. Helena Island. Hamilton was her married name, we believe her maiden name was Wright (but we are not totally sure of that). We know that she was married to Reverand Abram Hamilton and that she passed in 1930.
    Do you have any record of our Great Great Grandma?

    Blessings and appreciation.

    • Peace!

      We recommend you check with the SC Department of Archives and History in Columbia, SC for records that may contain her name if you have lost contact with relatives on St. Helena Island. The relatives are the best resource.

  14. Corin

    My family carries some gullah traditions in regard to root work. However we are traced back to the slaves of St. Catherine’s island which is off of Georgia. Ive always understood us to be Gullah, but based on this site I need to do more research.

    • Peace!

      St. Catherine’s is in the Gullah/Geechee Nation. The people of African descent in that area are predominately Gullah/Geechee.

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