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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 (www.QueenQuet.com).


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 GullGeeCo@aol.com

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. K.J. Atkinson

    Peace Chieftess,
    My grandparents surnames are Evans, Beauchanan, and Atkinson. They eventually settled in Pennsylvania after leaving Chickasaw County in Mississipi. But if 90% percent of african slaves came through the sea islands, I’m wondering if that name rings a bell to you. Thank you so much for this information on our people!

    • We’ve heard of these surnames, but not usually here in the Gullah/Geechee Nation.

  2. Jarrel Alexander

    Peace to the bodee my name is Jarrel Alexander I was born and raised in Grand Rapids,MI… growing up people referred to me and my cousins and “Geechee Boys” at that point in time I didn’t know what it meant so I took offense to it… after growth and development I embraced it…My great great grandmother Carrie Harden was direct dependent of the Gullah/Geechee Nation… I’ve reached out to several of my relatives whom only been able to tell me bits and pieces of it’s history of about where we come from… furthermore more my ultimate goal is to trace back from my grandmother’s namesake and rekindle with my family within the Geechee Nation…please help me in this matter or tell me where to start… I now leave in peace with blessings to fall pon de palms of our people…I will continue to study and enrich my spirit with our truth

  3. Sherry Edwards Bittle

    I am from the Simmons family and Edwards family from John’s Island. They were originally living in Red Top.

  4. Adriana Isabell

    Greetings, my mother was born and raised in Greenville, SC and the surname was Miles and Arnold. My father was born and raised in Bibbs; Macon, Ga and the surname is Isabell (Isabelle) and West. Both of my parents settle in New York at very young age and lived there their whole life. Both my parents have made their transition. Is there any way getting or finding more information if they belong to this great nation.

    • Peace Ms. Isabell!

      Greenville and Macon are not in the Gullah/Geechee Nation and there are different cultures and languages there.

  5. Greetings, my mother was born and raised in Greenville, SC and the surname was Miles and Arnold. My father was born and raised in Bibbs; Macon, Ga and the surname is Isabell (Isabelle) and West. Both of my parents settle in New York at very young age and lived there their whole life. Both my parents have made their transition. Is there any way getting or finding more information if they belong to this great nation.

    • Peace!

      Greenville nor Macon are in the Gullah/Geechee Nation. They are both well outside of our boundaries.

  6. Melissa D. M. Hornsby

    I am new to the knowledge of my Gullah/Geechee heritage, but would love to learn more. My Grandmother recently passed away and was from Orangeburg, SC with the last name Dykes. Also, my Grandfather was from Orangeburg, SC as well and had the surname of Chisholm.
    If you have any information that you can share with me about my family I will be deeply appreciative. Longing to know more.

    thank you.

    • Peace Ms. Hornsby!

      Orangeburg is outside the boundaries of the Gullah/Geechee Nation. Some Gullah/Geechees migrated there for college, but that is not part of the Gullah/Geechee Nation and the culture and languages are different there. So, you may want to research your great and great great grandparents.

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