Monthly Archives: September, 2014

Gullah/Geechee Seafood Festival 2014!

GG Seafood Festival Flyer 2014

Gullah/Geechee Heritage and Cultural Continuation at Gullah/Geechee Seafood Celebration! As the Gullah/Geechee Nation concludes the commemoration of “Middle Passage Month,” the leaders now prepare for a month of celebration.  October marks the second “Gullah/Geechee Heritage Awareness Month.”  As the Gullah/Geechee proverbs states, “De Wata Bring We,” so what greater way to celebrate the living traditions of …

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Charlie Simmons, Sr. Gullah/Geechee of Hilton Head is Honored with Bridge Renaming

Charlie Simmons Sr. of Hilton Head Island, SC

  The South Carolina General Assembly put forth a bill to have the bridge to Hilton Head Island, SC in the Gullah/Geechee Nation properly renamed to honor Gullah/Geechee community leader and ancestor, Charlie Simmons, Sr.  The entire bill can be found at .   The Town of Hilton Head officials will be held a ceremony for …

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Queen Quet of Gullah/Geechee Nation is one of the World Leaders at 1st UN Indigenous Conference

Queen Quet at UN General Assembly Hall

  Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation ( is on the “Gullah/Geechee Land & Legacy World Tour.”  Today, she is one of the delegates at the United Nations for the first “World Conference of Indigenous People.”  Queen Quet not only represents the Gullah/Geechees as their elected leader and spokesperson, she is also a permanent …

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Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation on Men of Respect-MOR Radio

Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation

Tune in as Strong Wind and Roc welcome Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation ( to Men of Respect (MOR Radio).  The three have an engaging dialogue about the Gullah/Geechee Nation and “De Wata Bring We: An Afternoon of Gullah/Geechee at Adriala Gallery” ( Tune in to this journey of healing brought on by the …

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Gullah/Geechee International Ezine De Conch Fall Festival Edition 2014

De Conch Fall 2014 Edition

  This is the international ezine of the Gullah/Geechee Nation. This edition features Middle Passage Month and a number of upcoming events focused on Gullah/Geechees. Please read online at Download here->De Conch Fall Festivals 2014 Edition and share the Fall Festival edition of De Conch. Ef bout we hunnuh wan kno den yeddi de conch …

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The Movement for the American Beach Museum on the Sands of Amelia Island

American Beach Museum

by Glenda Simmons-Jenkins The team that put the American Beach Museum project in motion has watched it progress through starts and stops to a completed product. Eve Jones had a front-row seat in the process. But she wasn’t sitting down. The Nassau County native grew up in Callahan and lived most of her adult life …

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American Beach: The Economics of Representation during Segregation

The Afro-American Life Insurance Company was founded in Jacksonville, Florida in 1901 by Abraham Lincoln Lewis, Rev. E. J. Gregg, Rev. J. Milton Waldron, and others. It was initially called the Afro-American Industrial and Benefit Association.

American Beach lies on Amelia Island in the Florida area of the Gullah/Geechee Nation.  This beach opened in 1935 during the segregation era in America and became a haven for all classes of Black people to be able to gather together and enjoy one another.  The businesses along the boardwalk where all Black owned.  Today, …

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Gullah/Geechee Sacred Ancestor’s Vision Comes to Life with the Opening of American Beach Museum

The Beach Lady MaVynee Betsch

Story and Photos by Representative Glenda Simmons-Jenkins       The A. L. Lewis Historical Society has announced that the American Beach Museum will observe its grand opening on Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014 at American Beach in the Gullah/Geechee Nation.   Some of those who nurtured the museum from its inception, and labored to see it become …

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