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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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925 Comments

  1. Rae

    Hello there Gullah/Geechee Nation. I am interested in knowing if there are any Kurtz’ or Steed a part of the nation.

    • Peace!

      We aren’t familiar with those surnames. Do you have a county and state where they were from?

  2. McCarroll Nole

    Hello,
    My parents and grandparents lived in Geoegetiwn and St. Stephen’s, SC. My father often spoke if being Geechee. Could Nole derived from Seminole?

  3. Chlyces

    Is brown a familiar surname? My family from the yamesse/ Charleston area. I visit from time to time to visit our family grave site in yamesse. Found great great greats named Harry & Phobie dating back to the 1800s.

  4. Chlyce

    Brown? From yamesse ? Charleston area. Harry and phobie is how far back I can trace my family tree.

  5. Izaiyah Holland Saunders

    Hello ! My family is from SC and I was doing research on my family. I was wondering if the surnames Mahoney, Saunders, Owens, Mcmillan, Stevenson, Culler, or Rothwell were familiar to you? Thank you !

    • Peace!

      Someone else is looking for Cullier from Horry County and Georgetown County on this thread also. So, maybe you should connect and see if you are kin to one another.

      Owens and Saunders are names we know in Charleston County, SC. The other surnames are not as familiar. We have met some Stevensons, but it seems that they were not originally from the coast. We pray that you locate your family. Check records at the South Carolina Department of Archives and History in Columbia, SC once you know the counties that your people were from.

      • Ali

        Yes my family is Cullier as well

    • ALI

      My family is Cullier from Horry they also relocated to Florida
      St Augustine, St John’s Bay and Jacksonville

  6. Ali

    Just for clarification were you familiar with any of the last names Cullur/cullier, Dickerson, Gould or Oliver in Horry county, Georgetown, All Saints Parish, Charleston or Murrells Inlet?

    I asked this question several weeks ago and didnt recieve a response

    • Peace!

      Oliver is a surname we are familiar with. All the areas that you mentioned are in the Gullah/Geechee Nation, but are also areas where many people from other parts of the country and the world tend to settle since they are urbanized and port cities.

  7. Peace and Blessings! Like many people on here my dna tests and quests to become closer to my ancestors has led me here. My ancestors lived all around north and south carolina specifically Edgewood, South Carolina. Some of my ancestors last name McLaughlin, Hawley and Glover. I look forward to hearing from you soon!

    • Peace Gabrielle!

      Edgewood is inland SC and not within the Gullah/Geechee Nation. The culture is different in that part of SC. We have Glovers throughout the state. However, we are sure that you can likely connect to folks that are still in Edgewood. Enjoy the reconnection.

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