Governor Henry McMaster of South Carolina has joined the massive number of coastal elected officials from North Carolina to Northeastern Florida that have proclaimed “Gullah/Geechee Nation Appreciation Week.” SC Representative Shedron Williams proclaimed the celebration in his district in previous years. However, the Governor’s proclamation now makes this a statewide celebration. South Carolina is the first state to join the numerous coastal counties and townships that have proclaimed this celebration within their jurisdictions over the past decade.
When the governor presented Queen Quet with the Order of the Palmetto Award, he spoke of the importance of Gullah/Geechee culture to the State of South Carolina. His proclamation is yet another action that he has taken in supporting the efforts of the citizens of the Gullah/Geechee Nation to keep their culture and traditions alive.