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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:

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858 Comments

  1. Myra Johnson

    Greetings
    We have a Smalls/Venning reunion this Labor Day weekend in SC. My sister has researched our ancestry and the Theme for the Family Reunion is education and history of our ancestry. My sister spoke about the things you said in your interview a out the Gullah flag. This is going to be a very interesting and enjoyable reunion. You are welcome to join us.

  2. Kim Diggs

    Hi! I recently found out my father’s family has deep roots in South Carolina. One of the cities he mentioned is Summerville, which doesn’t seem to be far from Geechee nation, according to the map. His last name is Nelson. Is that a name you’ve heard often in the nation?

    Thank you

    • Peace!

      Summerville is within the Gullah/Geechee Nation.

      The Nelson name is heard here, but not that frequently. It is a small family in comparison to many others.

  3. Sherry Adams

    I am trying to order a flag from your store but the website doesn’t give me an option to purchase.
    Please help me

  4. jacqueline hartzog

    Evening, How do I find out about classes in quilting you have? Thank you.

  5. I got my ancestry results back and in the additional communities section it told me my family was part of a group of people called Maroons. My family has Surnames such as Barnes, Burns, Bellamy. Are these common surnames within the Gullah Geechee community

  6. Robyn King

    My uncle vividly remembers meeting his grandfather in the 1950s who was introduced as being from the Gullah Indian tribe. No one in the family has ever met this side of the family beside him and has no idea what his family’s name is. Grandmother is from North Carolina with the surname of Mazingo. Could you possibly suggest where to begin our search for more information? Any help is greatly appreciated.

    • Peace!

      Start with the oldest family member that you can find. See if that person knows the town and/or country where your uncle’s father was from.

      Also, make sure that last name isn’t “Manigault” which is oftern pronounced the way you wrote it. There are many Manigaults from SC in the Gullah/Geechee Nation.

      We pray you find an accurate link!

  7. Terra Dawson

    Trying to complete my family tree and I was told my family originated from the Gullah Geechie island. My great grandmother’s name was Katie Glaze she married a Jenkins. Do you recognize the name Glaze or Jenkins? It would mean alot to me

    • Peace!

      You can find the Glaze Family in the Burton area of Beaufort, SC here in the Gullah/Geechee Nation.

      • Terra Dawson

        Thank you

  8. Janell N WESLEY

    Hi I am trying to find out if Pee Dee Mari (that’s what was registered on my grandmother’s social security record) is part of the Gullah Geechee? My family names on my Father’s side is are: Knowlin and Walker. On my mother’s side: Haywood, Brown, Bing and a few other names that I’m still compiling. Are any of these names associated with your people? I’m just trying to find the rest of my family. Thank you.

    • Peace!

      Some names like Brown and Walker we are familiar with, but more than surnames, we need to know what county and state your family roots stem from?

      • My family is from Georgetown, South Carolina and Pee Dee Mari, South Carolina.That’s all that I know so far. 🙂

      • *Charelston not Georgetown. Sorry.

      • Vernard Grice

        My family is from Georgetown County, SC known back in the day as the Big Pee Dee. Brown is on my great-grandfather Frederick (Fred) Brown, Sr. side of the family. My grandmother name is Carrie Brown was born on Mansfield Plantation in 1901 and the family later moved to what is now the Oatland Community of the county.

  9. Cameron Monroe

    Hello! I was born in Marion County, SC and raised in Dillon County. My great-grandmother’s family has roots in Beaufort County, their last names are Plato and Manning, I was just wondering if we had any Gullah roots? We definitely speak some of the dialects but it’s also a little different from what I hear in the Charleston area. Thank you!

    • Peace!

      Dialects are always different from place to place. Charleston has its own tone.

      Beaufort County, SC is within the boundaries of the Gullah/Geechee Nation although the surnames that you mention are not common here.

    • Rakedah

      Greetings,
      My name is Rakedah Meggett. I am seeking some family information. I am at the beginning of my quest. My family’s name is Meggett, my father was born in Edisto Island, SC and my grandmother Marilyn Meggett and I know my great great grandmother name is Florence Meggett. Are these common names?

      • That last name is known here and there is even a town with that name. You should go to the Edisto Museum and the Charleston Public Library’s South Carolina Room for more info on your family on Edisto.

  10. Vernetta Nelson

    I am a Gullah Geechee person. I would love to have our flag. Please tell me how I can purchase one.
    Thank you.

  11. Evette

    What is the difference between the corridor and the nation itself. Does the nation include entire counties but the corridor only includes miles inland?

    • Peace Evette!

      The Corridor like one in your home goes through the Gullah/Geechee Nation. The corridor is a project of the US government whereas the native Gullah/Geechee voted and established themselves as a recognized nation with the rest of the world’s nations. We have dual citizenship in the US and the Gullah/Geechee Nation. The corridor operates a non-profit now seeking grants to do work in communities within the Gullah/Geechee Nation, but it is NOT a nation.

    • Evette

      Hello this is Evette again. One other question. Tracing my family history and so many of them live in Kingstree SC and Eutawville SC. These areas are about 20 miles or so away from the corridor. Does this make my family fresh water geechee as they say or not since they are outside the nations corridor? Just wanted to know so people outside the designated area have a name but are indeed people of Gullah Geechee descent. Thank you.

      • Peace Evette!

        We do not ascribe to terms like “fresh” and “saltwater.” Those things are used to divide us. We are “Gullah/Geechee.”

        There are people that migrate to various areas, but that does not classify them automatically as “Gullah/Geechee” just because they are in the Carolinas, Georgia, or Florida. You need to actually find out if there is a coastal county from which your initial ancestors came prior to the inland areas that you mentioned and go from there.

        Peace!

  12. Barbie Shive

    My fathers name is Martin, he says he is Gullah and wants me to learn more about our heritage. I have enjoyed listening to Queen Quet and learning the history of the
    Gullah/Geechee flag. I truly want to believe you are my people. Do you know of the family name Martin

    • Peace!

      Martin is not a common name here, but we do know one set of people from Charleston that live in Beaufort County with that name. It is best to find out the state and county that you folks originate from. Ask you father and let us know.

  13. Katrina Green

    My grandmother was an Ancrum from Adams Run. Is that last name familiar to you?

    • Yes it is and so is Adams Run! That is part of the Gullah/Geechee Nation.

  14. Greetings Gullah/Geechee family. I was born in Beaufort in 1981. My family is from Jasper County SC (Both parents from Ridgeland) my surname is Polite. I’ve traced my mother’s ancestry back to her great grandfather Josiah Polite who was born in the late 1800’s.

    I was amazed to discover while reading the story of great Gullah/Geechee statesman Robert Smalls “Yearning For Freedom” that his mother’s name was Lydia Polite.

    My goal is to find out more about my ancestry. What plantations my family was enslaved on? What year they were brought here? What part of Africa they were taken from.

    My dads side of the family are the White family from Cherry Hill community in Ridgeland SC. Other surnames in my ancestry are Strobhart and DuPont. I’ve begun to find linkage to all of these and am excited to learn more.

    Special shout out to Prof Jamal Toure, took my family on one of his journeys in Savannah a few days ago and was amazed, and inspired to learn more and share the story of our heritage.

    Peace and blessings to you all!

    Moses Dedric Rashade Polite

  15. Ernest Williams

    Hello fam!
    I just wanted to know specifically if there was a sign for the Corridor in Berkeley county. Also wanted to know if my family’s hometowns are within the nations corridor. They are Cross, and Pineville in Berkeley county. Pretty much the whole towns are filled with my family. Thank you!

    • The Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor runs through the Gullah/Geechee Nation and the locations of signs were strategically placed with the support of different counties. So, you would need to contact the county office to find out a location. Berkeley is within the Gullah/Geechee Nation and they celebrated “Gullah/Geechee Nation Appreciation Week” annually.

  16. Patricia Blackman

    I am Jay Maddens sistern law. It is an honor and a privilege to have you as a friend through Facebook.

  17. Chelle Currie

    Peace!

    My family is from Little River in Horry County, SC. My daddy says his Aunties down that way are Gullah, I just haven’t had a chance to go down there. Do you know many Gores out that way? Is that a familiar name?

  18. Kenny

    Hello! Is Brothers a familiar surname within the Gullah-Geechee corridor? How about Green, Simmons, or Gatson? Ancestors in my family tree with these surnames either came from Colleton County or Dorchester County.

    • Peace Kenny!

      Brothers is not a name that we are familiar with in the Gullah/Geechee Nation. However, Green, Simmons, Gadsden, Gadson are common not “Gatson.” These names are throughout the entire Gullah/Geechee Nation.

  19. Cynthia Knott

    Blessings and joy Queen Quet Happy Birthday!

  20. Kyneshia Williams

    Greetings! Are there any Williams or Pritchetts there? Trying to find my family truth.

    • Peace!

      There are lots of Williams up and down our coast. We are not familiar with Pritchett as a surname here though.

  21. Solomon

    On my father side of my family tree are the Mitchell’s, I have been told over the year the Mitchell’s come from Charleston,SC and are part of the Gullah family need help tracing my family tree.

    • Peace!

      You may want to start with Mitchelville on Hilton Head Island, SC and see what records the Heritage Library on that island may have also. You can check with the South Carolina Room in the Charleston Main Library on Calhoun Street as well.

  22. Hello! My family has roots in South Carolina. My great-grandmother was born in Abbeville, and her grandparents were Paynes. Her husband is said to have been a descendant of the Gullah Nation, and his last name was Dodson. His father was seen on one census as Dotsen, with no wife. The other names in my family: Robinson, Jackson and Bledsoe. Do any of these sound familiar? I appreciate your assistance.

  23. Are there any Sheares or James there? My father and his mother and father are natives of Charleston ,SC.

    • Peace!

      Although we’ve heard of James, we have not heard of Sheares. If your parents of of African descent that can trace back both families to Charleston during chattel enslavement, you are Gullah/Geechee though.

  24. Rae Thompson

    Is Thompson a possible surname ?

    • There are some people in Beaufort County, SC with that surname, but we are not sure of their original place of origin.

  25. Alisha

    Greetings I’m learning my history and I’m new to researching, could you tell me if Dorsey was known in the Georgia region.

    • Peace Alisha!

      We have met some folks with that surname. However, we cannot say exactly where the name originates.

  26. Alisha

    Thank you so much!!!! ❤️❤️❤️ Do you know how I could contact some of them? So sorry to bug you.

    • Peace!

      We can’t give out folks info, but if you Tweet or Facebook a posting looking for Dorseys, they may respond that way. We pray you connect.

      • Alisha

        You’re amazing!!! Thank you so much!!!

  27. India Davis

    Love from up north!!!

    My grandmother was from Savannah! Is Loyd/ Lloyd a popular surname?? My daddy says he’s unsure of if she was geechee or not! I want to start tracing our history…his daddy is a Baker. And we also have the name Fenderson.

    • If your granddaddy is a native person of African descent from Savannah, GA that can trace his ancestry back to this coast during the time of chattel enslavement, he is very likely Gullah/Geechee.

  28. Alan H Wilson

    My father, Moses Lance was a geechee, Believe he was from one of the Carolinas, though not for certain. He spoke in the geechee dialect to his death. Is there anyway to do a name trace ancestry?

    • Yes, Mr. Wilson!

      However, you would need the birth and/or death certificate of Moses Lance to find out what county and state he was from to determine if you search even begins here.

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