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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. Rae

    Hello there Gullah/Geechee Nation. I am interested in knowing if there are any Kurtz’ or Steed a part of the nation.

    • Peace!

      We aren’t familiar with those surnames. Do you have a county and state where they were from?

  2. McCarroll Nole

    My parents and grandparents lived in Geoegetiwn and St. Stephen’s, SC. My father often spoke if being Geechee. Could Nole derived from Seminole?

  3. Chlyces

    Is brown a familiar surname? My family from the yamesse/ Charleston area. I visit from time to time to visit our family grave site in yamesse. Found great great greats named Harry & Phobie dating back to the 1800s.

  4. Chlyce

    Brown? From yamesse ? Charleston area. Harry and phobie is how far back I can trace my family tree.

  5. Izaiyah Holland Saunders

    Hello ! My family is from SC and I was doing research on my family. I was wondering if the surnames Mahoney, Saunders, Owens, Mcmillan, Stevenson, Culler, or Rothwell were familiar to you? Thank you !

    • Peace!

      Someone else is looking for Cullier from Horry County and Georgetown County on this thread also. So, maybe you should connect and see if you are kin to one another.

      Owens and Saunders are names we know in Charleston County, SC. The other surnames are not as familiar. We have met some Stevensons, but it seems that they were not originally from the coast. We pray that you locate your family. Check records at the South Carolina Department of Archives and History in Columbia, SC once you know the counties that your people were from.

      • Ali

        Yes my family is Cullier as well

    • ALI

      My family is Cullier from Horry they also relocated to Florida
      St Augustine, St John’s Bay and Jacksonville

      • Izaiyah Holland Saunders

        Hey, the surname for that side of my family is Culler, not Cullier. Sorry for any confusion !

  6. Ali

    Just for clarification were you familiar with any of the last names Cullur/cullier, Dickerson, Gould or Oliver in Horry county, Georgetown, All Saints Parish, Charleston or Murrells Inlet?

    I asked this question several weeks ago and didnt recieve a response

    • Peace!

      Oliver is a surname we are familiar with. All the areas that you mentioned are in the Gullah/Geechee Nation, but are also areas where many people from other parts of the country and the world tend to settle since they are urbanized and port cities.

  7. Peace and Blessings! Like many people on here my dna tests and quests to become closer to my ancestors has led me here. My ancestors lived all around north and south carolina specifically Edgewood, South Carolina. Some of my ancestors last name McLaughlin, Hawley and Glover. I look forward to hearing from you soon!

    • Peace Gabrielle!

      Edgewood is inland SC and not within the Gullah/Geechee Nation. The culture is different in that part of SC. We have Glovers throughout the state. However, we are sure that you can likely connect to folks that are still in Edgewood. Enjoy the reconnection.

      • Juan Dukes

        Greetings; just wanted to check possible lineage with the last name of Dukes? Family spread out throughout SC/FL. Thanks for any info you may have!

      • Peace!

        We haven’t encountered any Gullah/Geechees with that surname. It may exist in inland areas of SC or other parts of Florida though.

  8. Hello, I just discovered that my maternal line goes back to South Carolina. I’m still pursuing the county. Is McGee/McGhee a common surname for Gullah/Geechee?

    • Peace!

      We do know a family with the last name, but they are not native Gullah/Geechee. They moved to the coast from up north. You need to provide the specific county in SC and we may be able to assist you further.

  9. Regina Fenner

    Hello my name is Regina fenner my grandmother name is brown from orangeburg I was trying to find out her ethnicity she also had glover Marshall baker Shinall In her family. Thanks for any help

    • Peace!

      Orangeburg is not within the Gullah/Geechee Nation. It is inland South Carolina and the culture is different. You may find info at South Carolina State about your family or at the South Carolina Department of Archives and History in Columbia, SC.

  10. Gregory Bell

    Greetings, l would like to know, if Washington’s from kingstree S.C. And The Bells From Williamsburg,My Father side Also from South Carliona. A part of the Nation too? And Thanks

    • Peace!

      Williamsburg County where Kingstree, SC is located is within the Gullah/Geechee Nation.

      • Gregory Bell

        Thank you..

      • Kimberly Miller Corneh

        My family surnames McClary from Boggy Swamp area and McFadden from Mouzon StMary’s area outside of Kingstree Williamsburg Co. Miller from Santee/ Summerton and Pringle from Nesmith by way of Georgetown

  11. Alma Johnson

    My father’s surname was German he was from SC is that a surname included in Geechee Nation?

    • Peace!

      We have met folks in Florida with that surname but not in South Carolina and it is no a common name amongst Gullah/Geechee families.

  12. McArthur church

    Hello when I ran across your Facebook page and saw you I was like wow you look like my great grand mother Lucille she was from South Carolina but had to flee to St.Petersburg Florida for unknown reasons her and her brother she was
    Geechee we where looking for clues to her family history but all ways come to a dead in please help 8132605128 my great grandmother‘s Surename was glass or Evans

  13. Joye Smith

    Hi. My husbands mother is from Kingstree and I’ve heard the term…I let my Gullah slip…lol her maiden name was McCrea. Is that a surname? His mother’s sister did ancestry and found out just how educated their family was. I’m going to tell our Auntie about this group 💜.
    By the way Queen you really favor my husbands oldest sister.

  14. Vanessa reed

    My famaily are from North and South Carolina I’m a Williams by birth my surname or Williams .hinton tillis, my dads and my mom Lewis, Crawford Brantley Payton or Peyton and many others to add on to that

  15. Pernella Pollard

    I am 😲 never new that there is such a community like this exist in America. History is powerful. I would like to visit one day

  16. Janet Mazes-Martin

    Hello, my qns involves, how can I find out if I hav “Roots” with the Gullah Geechee Nation? I just discovered some relatives were n So Carolina back n the early to mid 1800. This may sound strange but I feel a strong connection to the nation. It’s a challenge to look for ur kinfolks whn accurate records weren’t keep & still hidden. I didn’t discover my mom side of the family tree until I started pay-n $20/months with Anvestry.com.

    • Peace!

      No everyone in South Carolina is Gullah/Geechees. If you have specific county names, we can better help you with more information. It is not that difficult to locate us since native Gullah/Geechees have been place based folks for hundreds of years and most of us kept our surnames which relinks the families for generations.

  17. Malik Knight

    Peace and Blessings! I’m from Savannah,GA and I come from the Habersham surname Savannah River Basin which broke off into Hall and Bryant. I look forward to coming back to Riceboro I haven’t been back since I was at least 12 and most amazing and eye opening experience of my history. Thank you for a you do and I can’t wait to make a change and grow within my culture to keep I kno who webe!

  18. Hello! I have recently been doing research into my family history and have discovered that some members of my family were born on Coosaw Plantation on St. Helena. It appears they stayed on St. Helena for years after that as well. Their last name was Holmes. Is that a common last name there? I am trying to find where that last name originated. Thank you!

    • Peace!

      Actually, Coosaw is an island unto itself and it is not part of St. Helena Island. It is a couple islands over and the Holmes were located there. There are several different Holmes Families on St. Helena that are not related to the Coosaw ones by blood.

      The surname originated in England.


      • Thank you for the information! Is Coosaw Island considered part of Gullah Geechee nation?

  19. Jamar Boone

    I would like to lnow if there’s any Boone’s we’re from Bishopville and Sumpter South Carolina.

    • Peace!

      The midland area of South Carolina is not part of the Gullah/Geechee Nation. However, you should see if your family migrated there from Boone Hall Plantation in Charleston County, SC-Mt Pleasant to be exact.

  20. Tiffany Mack

    Hello, my Great Grandfather Sam Mack was Geechee he told my mother and siblings he was from The Carolina’s. I emailed you a couple of years ago about the Nelson and Mack’s. You’re response was for to come meet my family. I’m actually thinking about coming there this summer. How would I go about planning a vacation there? Ancestry means a lot to me. I have had dreams of women speaking to me through telepathy, I think a trip here will help me on my spiritual journey.

  21. Kai Williams

    Blessings! Is Williams or Smith the surnames of Gullah folk?

  22. Samuel Stinson Jr

    Peace, both my great grandparents and grandparents was geechee that live in Alabama that came from the Georgia regional. Last names Bennett, Stinson and Johnson

  23. Benjamin

    I just found out that my grandmother was Gullah. Anyone familiar with the surnames Simmons-White, Brown, or Middleton. Her name was Gardenia Simmons-White she was born and raised in St Helena Island in 1934 I’m so excited to lean and absorb the culture and truly get back to my roots.

    • Peace!

      We know Ms. Gardenia. She was with us at “Gullah/Geechee Famlee Day” on Saturday. You should know her also since you say she is your grandmother. She can introduce you to all of those family members that you named because they are all still here on St. Helena.

      • Benjamin

        Small mistake, she is actually my fathers (Russell Spears) aunt. Her sister is my grandmother. I cannot wait to get down there for my birthday this winter and get closer to my roots!!

    • I discovered that I have Middletons in my family. They were enslaved on Middleton Place (Charleston SC). Savannah, Manuel and Polly Middleton.

  24. Ricky Sheppard

    We are Anderson/Browns/Gaines/Grants/Sheppard

  25. Tiron Bernard Rowe

    My name is Tiron Bernard Rowe my mom Shelby l.Rowe her dad is Leon smalls I’m from the smalls family wish I could know more I’m located on the Nw Portland Oregon


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