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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).

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:

Mission

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.

Goals

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.

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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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719 Comments

  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.

      • Demane Mack

        Do de names sound familiar : John Wallace Mack, John Virgil Mack, Maria Mack?.. My great great grandfather used to own 100acre ov lan don in greelyville SC

      • The surname “Mack” is common here. Those specific people’s names we do not know.

      • marvin bartley

        hello, my name is marvin bartley.I live 100 miles from you in a small town called new ellenton, sc.my great grand parents on both sides come from charleston, jesse corley macktel bartley, the reason i ask is because we could be really related in some way because one of friends was looking at one of your youtube shows an said you have a twin sister! i looked at it, believe me we could be brother and sister no questions, and eerily we have the same love for remembering our history and science the arts, dancing!! i was wondering when your next event was so i could meet you if possible in charleston? possibly yourcuz,,?? marvin bartley, shalom

      • Shalom Marvin!

        Our next event will be in 2019. Stay tuned here and you will see them when they are posted for sure.

        Peace!

  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.

  7. Aaron Chest

    My mothers name is matilda marie Washington and she is gullah from sweet water. She was kicked off of her land with her brother and sisters after her mother passed. There was a story that she tells of drunk uncle signing over family land while in jail. Which is not possible. We are currently in Louisville ky

  8. Brandon Burnell

    Hello there I’m from Colorado but my dad side of my family is from Charleston Sc and I was wanting to know more about the heritage can you tell me if Burnell is a common name is it Geechee Gullah?

    • Brandon Burnell

      My dad is from Edisto Island to be exact

    • Peace!

      Your surname is not common here, but Edisto is definitely within the boundaries of the Gullah/Geechee Nation. Go to http://www.GullahGeechee.tv and do a search for Queen Quet and Edisto to learn more.

      • Brandon Burnell

        How about Washington my mom is from James Island

      • Peace!

        The Washingtons on James Island should be Gullah/Geechee people. James Island is within our boundaries.

  9. brenda L watson

    Hi My surnames in my family is: Samuels, Ansley, Williams, Byrd and Ansley. Jacksonville, Georgia and south Carolina are my decendents home. Are they names in the Gullah Community. thank you

    • Peace!

      Which Jacksonville? Williams is a common name here and in many places. The other surnames are not common here.

  10. brenda L watson

    Hi I forgot to mention another family surname of Simmons is this a Gullah surname also.

  11. brenda L watson

    My great grandmothers last name was Simmons and she was born in Florida. She was a Black Seminole. My grandmother on my fathers side last name was Ansley. Are those Gullah names. I do have 2 cousins whom I have not met that are on my family tree thru ancestery dna that goes by SC Geechee which means I think South Carolina Geechee. My family is also from Alabama. Ancestors are from South Carolina. I am part African and American Indian ancestery. Are Black Seminole Gullah people.

  12. Tamika Dunham

    I am studying my family history and I’m new to the Gullah/Geechee Nation. My family surnames are Dunham from Yemassee Beaufort South Carolina and Boles from Savannah Georgia. I’ve always heard my family use the language and it was just normal to say “oh they just geechee. Are the surnames geechee? I would like to learn everything possible and will be subscribing to the newsletters and YouTube stations..thank you

    • Peace!

      Boles are also on St. Helena Island. Yemassee, Beaufort, and Savannah are all part of the Gullah/Geechee Nation.

      Tenki Tenki fa hunnuh support!

  13. brenda L watson

    Jacksonville Florida is where my Williams family lived and lives. Are they the beautiful Gullah people?This refers to my other post. You wanted to know which Jacksonville. Thanks and peace.

  14. Patricia

    Greetings! I come from the Zant and Williams families in Brunswick, GA. Are these Gullah/Geechee names?

    • Peace!

      There are a number of Williams throughout the Gullah/Geechee Nation. However, we are not familiar with Zant. Brunswick, GA is within the Gullah/Geechee Nation for sure.

  15. Earline

    My paternal line of Harris’ come from Sumter Co., South Carolina, or that is what I have been told. They may have relocated from another area. In their speech, appearance, and their traditions, I would say they were Gullah.

  16. Dar'Rell

    HI,
    Do y’all recognize the surname Cole as being GULLAH.

    My maternal line is Gullah from what my grandmother told my mom..so i did some digging and found my greatx4 grandmother Jane (JEANNE ) COLE born in 1832 from Ontario Canada…settling in Louisiana in the 1800’s…I also learned that they have GEECHEE/GULLAH festivals in Canada where she is supposedly from..I dont know if her family was apart of the underground railroad or not but seems to be…

    • Peace!

      Cole is not a common name here, but we have found it in some areas.

      Queen Quet did the first event to relink those in Canada with their Gullah/Geechee roots in Carolina back in the 1990s. What festivals are you referring to?

  17. Jackie Raborn

    My maiden last name is Altman and I was born in Georgetown but have family in pawleys island. I remember my dad referring to himself as a geechee but never understood what is was. I am in Alabama now.

  18. Jeff Simpson

    Peace family. My fathers entire family is from S. Carolina. The last name is Simpson. My brothers and I, who are presently in Texas, are trying to uncover our heritage and peice together our history. Does our surname ring a bell?

  19. Peace All Praying for you all. My Mothers family is Lomax Sloans and Roebuck . Not sure where they are from . The Chieftess favors my aunts soooo much . I have jist began searching for my ancestors . To be able to tell my children where we come from. came across this page link. I also got a reading done the lady told me to look in to the Gullah Geechee people ….I did t take it serious . Bit I saw there is a Whole Nation💛

    With Love
    Amanda

  20. Jon

    My grandpa was from the low country in South Carolina. He was educated in Charleston. They always talked about being Gullah/Geechee but had a hard life and moved away to head out west. Now him and his siblings have all passed on and the stories with them. Our surname is Miller. Are there and Millers still living in the Gullah/Geechee Nation?

    • Peace!

      There are a great deal of people here that are Millers. Many of them are on St. Helena Island, SC, but there are also some in Charleston County, SC.

  21. Roderick Pudigon

    Hello all! I’m starting my journey on learning about my ancestors and want to know if some of them were of the nation… My eldest ancestor’s names were Monday and Rebecca Lafayette ( they were from Christ Church) and later married into the Pudigon Family. thank you!

    • Peace!

      These names are somewhat familiar. Do you have the state and county that your family members originated in?

      • Roderick Pudigon

        According to what I have, both Monday and Rabecca Lafayette were from Mt. Pleasant, Charleston county, SC.

      • The Lafayette Family is also a name that continues to live on James Island and Sol Legare in Charleston County, SC. So, we are SURE you can simply visit and find them.

      • Roderick Pudigon

        oh wow! that’s exciting! I look forward to connecting and learning! thank you!

      • Dorothy Folds

        I,m looking for relatives of Samuel Barnett and Susannah Johnson married around 1880,s born around the parish islands

  22. Anjelica Davis

    Greetings! My name is Anjelica, and I’m from St. Simon’s Island, GA. My family names are Sullivan and Rooks. Do those sound familiar in the Gullah/Geechee community? My grandmother somewhat talked about the geechee culture but never went in depth. I’m trying to learn all I can do I can teach my daughter. Please help.

    • Peace!

      We can tell you that St. Simon’s Island is part of the Gullah/Geechee Nation, but most of the people there were taught not to own their culture and not to use those terms. So, it is very likely if you visit the Harrington Schoohouse on St. Simon’s, they will be able to link you to family members.

  23. Kimberly Rouse

    Peace and blessings my family is from South Carolina and Beyond I’m trying to find out if the Rouse name is a part of the Gullah Geechee Nation family my mother’s maiden name is Lighty my grandmother maiden name is Roger if you could help me with this question it would be greatly appreciated thank you and be blessed in all things

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