Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com) is a native of St. Helena Island, SC and the first person from her island to receive the prestigious “Order of the Palmetto.” South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster presented Queen Quet with the State of South Carolina’s highest civilian honor presented in recognition of a lifetime of extraordinary achievement, service and contributions on a national or statewide scale. Queen Quet has received approximately 300 awards and honors over the years and sees this one as not only for her, but for the entire Gullah/Geechee Nation especially for her ancestors that built South Carolina through their knowledge and skills. “Disya award sweet as a Gullah/Geechee Palmetto rose!,” she says.
Queen Quet will celebrate this honor on Friday evening at the Cannon Street Theater at 5 pm in Charleston, SC as she launches “Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Awareness Month 2021” during the “Moja Art Experience” reception. The public is invited to come out to the celebration to enjoy the evening with Queen Quet, artist Quadré Stuckey, leaders of the Gullah/Geechee Nation and other members of the Gullah/Geechee Famlee. Gullah/Geechee books, CDs and other items will be on sale. Admission is FREE, but you need to RSVP via Eventbrite:https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gullah-moja-art-experience-tickets-175921705557
Governor McMaster emphasized the outstanding work that Queen Quet has done globally to insure the continuation of the Gullah/Geechee culture and the Gullah language and Geechee dialect. For those that have not had an opportunity to hear the language and obtain the books that Queen Quet has written about the history, heritage, culture, and language of the Gullah/Geechee Nation, they will have an opportunity to do so on Saturday at “Gullah/Geechee Artistry at CofC” which is also part of the Gullah Moja Art Experience that is being sponsored by the City of Charleston. The admission for the event that takes place in the Courtyard at 202 Calhoun Street in the City of Charleston from Noon to 3 pm on October 2, 2021, but RSVP via EventBrite is encouraged: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gullahgeechee-artistry-at-cofc-tickets-175020349577
As Queen Quet and the Wisdom Circle Council of Elders for the Gullah/Geechee Nation will lead a sacred ancestral ceremony at the Ancestral Burial Ground across from the Galliard Auditorium at 5 pm on Saturday evening to close out the weekend of activities. She is encouraging everyone to bring Gullah/Geechee Palmetto roses to rest at the site. These is truly a way to honor the legacy of Gullah/Geechees in the Palmetto State.
To learn more about the on-going work that Queen Quet does on a daily basis via the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition, go to www.GullahGeecheeLand.com and www.GullahGeechee.net and join in to support the effort. Governor McMaster made it clear that Queen Quet will continue to do this work and that without roots, there is no nation. Queen Quet originated a statement that is the slogan of her organization which guides the work that she does consistently, “Hunnuh mus tek cyare de root fa heal de tree!“ So, she believes it is Divinely Ordered that she know holds such a high honor bearing the South Carolina state tree and will hang it on the wall next to the Gullah/Geechee Nation‘s flag which also is embossed with a tree so that the trees can stay rooted together holding the land and culture of the Gullah/Geechee in place in her home state.