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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:

In order to keep up with the latest information regarding the Gullah/Geechee Nation, please subscribe to our Gullah/Geechee Nation blog or click on the link below to access it, subscribe to our monthly international ezine “De Conch” by emailing the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition at GullGeeCo@aol.com, watch Gullah/Geechee TV Nayshun Nyews and subscribe for FREE on YouTube, and tune in to Gullah/Geechee Riddim Radio and subscribe for FREE on iTunes.  All a disya gwine le hunnuh kno who webe fa tru an fa sho!  Ef hunnuh wan buy Gullah/Geechee tings, den gwine ta de Gullah/Geechee Nation’s online store: www.gullahgeechee.ecwid.com or at www.gullahgeechee.biz fa support we!

569 Comments

  1. teach me more…

  2. Peace Queen,

    My great grandmother Lucy was born circa 1875 to sharecropper parents and was Gullah Geechee. She married a man last name Fludd and we also have a great grandmother Cuthbert are these names known in the Nation?

    • Peace!

      We have heard the name “Fludd” before, but it is not common here. There is a “Cuthbert” family on St. Helena Island, SC. You may want to come to our “Gullah/Geechee Reunion Day” of our international festival to see if we can introduce you to them: http://www.gullahgeechee.info

      • Yes, I think that would be a good thing to do.

        In Gratitude,

        Lisa

      • Nathan

        Fludd is common in Mount Pleasant, SC in both the Scanlonville area and Snowden area.

  3. devante

    how can i get my own flag

    • Peace!

      Currently Gullah/Geechee Nation flags are sold out. They will not be available to the public again until “Gullah/Geechee Nation Appreciation Week” in July. You will then be able to purchase them again online at http://www.gullahgeechee.biz.

  4. Amina

    Is Bethea a common name in the nation? My great grandmother and grandmother are from Dillon, SC.

  5. Ernie Johnson

    My grandmother on my fathers side was named LULa vanc and myathrs name was Ernest Vance,and brother Douglas.

  6. Lee

    Peace,

    Is anyone knowledgeable about the Davis family from Sumter SC? Apparently, they are Gullah that moved to the mainland many years ago but I’m trying to find out their original location (my grandmother died before I was born but was said to have a very strong accent) Does anyone know where there are a large number of Davis’ on/near the islands today? I’m sure some family decided not to leave. I’m doing genealogy research and any help is greatly appreciated.

  7. Vashone

    Peace Family,

    This site is incredible. It is rare for us, as a family scattered by hate trying to finds way back together.

    I have ties to the Brown, Harley and Brown lines in Charleston. My mother always said that we were Geechee but I never knew what that was. I am in Florida now. I am available for more information.

    Peace

  8. arthur a edens

    I had 2 uncles Louis Murphy,and Heller Murphy from the Gullah area.I intend to attend some events this year.

  9. Nadia

    Good morning to you Queen Quet and family across,

    I thank you for everything you’re doing for the Nation and American culture. I also heard a lot of connection stories growing up about the Gullah and Geechee where some of family celebrated the relation and some were shamed by it, specifically the tongue; almost like a secret. We’d been called Geechee by a lot of northerners who heard we were from Charleston when we moved moons ago but I didn’t understand it but in spute of, I rep my homeland still. It’s so wonderful to know that there is a Nation that connects us and people focused on preserving, protecting and educating on it. Question is, outside of stories here and there, how do we confirm our family ties to the Nation? I come from Cummings/ Dixon and Treadwell/Wright. Dad is from Jacksonville, Fl and names are Jackson, Davis and Brown. We’re definitely planning to visit for the festivals, w/ hopes of more answers. I appreciate you. In love always, peace.

    • Peace Nadia!

      There are new records that have been uncovered in the FL area of the Gullah/Geechee Nation that we may be able to link you to. An email will come from the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition in that regard. We do encourage you to bring your family to “Gullah/Geechee Reunion Day” as part of our international festival in August http://www.gullahgeechee.info.

  10. Naomi D Daniels

    My family by name Herriot (great- grandmother) and Tucker ( great-grandfather) is this a name common they resided on Sandy Island, SC

  11. LaWanda Goodwine

    My husband’s family name is Goodwine. His father grew up in Saint Matthews, SC. I have traced his familiar line back to a Simpson/Sampson Goodwine. Would like to know where this beautiful family (what area of SC) originated from.

    Blessings on your Amazing Journey Queen and the Gullah/Geechee People

    • Peace Cousin LaWanda!

      From my many years of research, I concluded the Goodwine family origin point in North America is Charleston County, SC and then the migrations went on with some of us in Beaufort County and then as time continued on the others when to Florida and New York, etc.

      Peace,
      Queen Quet

  12. Hanani Shelomo

    Greetings and Peace,
    My Mother was born in Kingstree South Carolina from the Hannah Cooper people.
    Would that be a common name? My Father’s last name is Singleton.
    Thank you

    • Peace!

      We have heard of a few Coopers, but mostly inland. Singletons are throughout the Sea Islands. A very large group of them are on St. Helena Island, SC.

  13. Lana Lewia

    Both my grandparents were from this area my grandmother Emily Dagins-Frazier my grandfather was James Dagins, I believe he was from Yamisee, we came to Beaufort last year to a reunion and got awesome information. It is still as beautiful as it was. I think my people Whites Dagins Fraziers are on Lady’s Island, so you have any information on where they originated

    • Peace!

      First, we recommend that you simply contact the families with those surnames because they are still on Lady’s Island to find out from them the migrations of the families.

      Second, you should contact the SC Department of Archives and History for birth and death records and more details on the family members once you have names of the elders.

      Also, in regard to the location that you may also look into, make sure that you spell it “Yemassee.”

  14. Tamara Foster

    Good evening Nation. I know this may be a reach but at my age of 32 I am finding that all of the elders in my family is leaving this earth. Recent deaths on my father’s side has brought me to want to know more of our past and our origins. We are all from western Kentucky, but I have always been told my grandmother that we have some Geechee in us *smile* Her father is who said was Geechee his name is Brown Foster. She told me that he got to Kentucky by hopping trains from the south. For some reason I want to say he came from the Florida area. Can you confirm if there are any in the nation with the last name Foster, or where the surname would have came from? Any information would be greatly appreciated! Thank you!

    • Peace!

      Foster is not a common surname here. Also, keep in mind that many people simply called people from the south “Geechee” when they went northward, but they did not mean it in reference to our ethnic group. We encourage you to look into birth and death records of your ancestors and see if you can locate the birth places. We pray that you can find out more.

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