Disya Who WEBE!

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

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).


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:


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.


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.


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:

In order to keep up with the latest information regarding the Gullah/Geechee Nation, please subscribe to our Gullah/Geechee Nation blog or click on the link below to access it, subscribe to our monthly international ezine “De Conch” by emailing the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition at GullGeeCo@aol.com, watch Gullah/Geechee TV Nayshun Nyews and subscribe for FREE on YouTube, and tune in to Gullah/Geechee Riddim Radio and subscribe for FREE on iTunes.  All a disya gwine le hunnuh kno who webe fa tru an fa sho!  Ef hunnuh wan buy Gullah/Geechee tings, den gwine ta de Gullah/Geechee Nation’s online store: www.gullahgeechee.ecwid.com or at www.gullahgeechee.biz fa support we!


  1. Myra Johnson

    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.

      • Lounce Rucker

        Hi. I am working on my ancestry and my Grandfather The Hollis family name were Geechee. I was wondering if the surname Hollis is in the Gullah Geechee Nation South Carolina Region

      • Mariana Golphin

        My grandfather was from the Dorchester area- last name Golphin. He made the best crab and potato boil ever. I have yet to taste anything that compares to his crab and potatoes. His parents were carolyn wings and Isaac Golphin. I have heard mention of him being from the geechee nation. Is this a common surname?

      • Peace!

        That is not a common surname here. We have met some folks with the surname “Wing” though.

  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

      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.


  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


    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.

  29. Patricia Ann Ingram

    Thank you for all the hard work your organization does in saving the legacy and land of the Gullah/Geechee people. I wanted to ask how would I go about finding out if my family, the Spalding/Spaulding has heir property on Sapelo Island. My great grandfather was Charlie Spaulding and had 5 brothers that lived on Sapelo Island since their childhood. My grandfather and some brothers left to move to Savannah, GA in the 50’s. He died in Savannah, Ga at the age of 118 years old and all 5 of his brothers lived to get into their 90’s. Five years ago, I attend a festival on Sapelo island until by distant cousin/ historian Mrs. Bailey died. How or where would I go to find more information about heir property and more information about my family?

    • Peace Ms. Ingram!

      SICARS should be able to help you with more info on your family.

      We have episodes of Gullah/Geechee TV focused on heirs property and a number of blogs about it here at http://www.GullahGeecheeNation.com. Just type “heirs property” in the search box on the page.

  30. Gloria Johnson Hanson

    Blessings, I have been researching my South Carolina roots.My great grandfather was Alfred Samuel Simmons ( circa 1840). He owned Ocean Fish at 35 Market Street in Charleston for years until son Edward Simmons took over. Trying to find where Alfred came from and his family.. He married Henrietta ( Hetty) Gaillard. I found the Gaillards in 1866 on the Westcoat Plantation on Wadmalaw.

    Hetty’s mother Lydia (Lady) Gaillard (circa 1810-1820) was a Coaxum before she married Richard Gaillard. Also had a son name Isaac. Looking for descendants of Isaac Gaillard ( my 2nd great uncle) ..So, we have Gaillards ( Wadmalaw and Johns Island) , Coaxum (Edisto) , Alfred Samuel Simmons ( ??) , William Middleton and Rebecca Nimmons Singleton from the sea Islands. Rebecca , I think was from Bamberg but I think she may have also been in Charleston.

    William Middleton was secretary of “Christian Nursery ” in Charleston according to Freedom Bank records in 1870 and 1871. Trying to find him as well. He list his mother as Rebecca Singleton and father as Daniel Middleton according to the bank record. He also could read and write. .

    Any help is greatly appreciated.
    Peace to all

    • Peace Ms. Hanson!

      The majority of the families that you are mentioning still live on those same Sea Islands in Charleston County, SC and you can actually find their phone numbers listed and call the elders and reconnect. Gilliards have various spellings of their names and are on James Island in addition to where you listed Gailliard. Check the main library in Charleston on Calhoun Street for more records if you haven’t already, but you can likely just meet them in the places that you listed.

  31. Izaiyah

    Hello, are the following surnames common/found within the Gullah/Geechee nation?

    Redman, Owens, Stevenson, Salley, Mahoney, Young, Saunders, Oliver, Rothwell, Moss, And Blackwell.

    My family is from Georgia, South Carolina, And North Carolina. Thank you in advance!

    • Peace!

      There are several people on this thread looking for Rothwells and Stevensons and you all maybe related. However, the familiar names on your list are Young, Saunders, and Owens. We’ve met Moss that are Anglo folks not Gullah/Geechee. Some of the other surnames we have heard from folks that came to the coast from other places as well.

  32. Margreta Mobley

    My father, John Mobley, was from Rock Hill SC. He father was also John Mobley and his mother was Elizabeth House.
    My father was born in 1896 and served in World War 1.
    Is there a possibility that we are of Gullah-Geechee descendant?

    • Peace Ms. Mobley!

      We actually know folks with your surname that are in Florida.

      Rock Hill, SC is not a Gullah/Geechee area. It is Upcountry, SC and not Lowcountry. So, the culture is different there. Not everyone of African descent in SC is Gullah/Geechee. We pray that you do connect to your family.

  33. I’m also in search of a possible connection. I’ve traced some of my family to the Middleton (slave owning) family in Charleston, SC. I believe they were held at the plantation Middleton Place. I also have enslaved family last named Middleton, Semien and Fraser born in South Carolina coastal area and resettled into Florida.

    • Peace!
      There are plenty of your family members throughout the Gullah/Geechee Nation! You can just call them up to reconnect or come down after the pandemic to find them if you haven’t done that already.

      • I would LOVE to make that connection. This has been tasked to me through my spiritual journey through IFA, Orisa and ancestor worship. My very 1st divination, the message was to research my fathers line which I knew nothing about. But in my spirit I’ve always been fascinated with the Gullah culture. And I’m also raised in a Caribbean/Afro-Latino family on my mother’s side, heavy in the Afrocentrism upbringing. Gullah culture just felt familiar to me.

  34. Lisa Saunders


    My great-grandmother’s namr was Lucy Rich. She was born on June 8, 1894 in Manning, S.C. and her parents were sharecropping there. I was wondering: is this family name and place part of the Gullah/Geechee?



    • Peace Ms. Saunders!

      We are not familiar with the surname “Rich.” However, Manning is in the Gullah/Geechee Nation for sure. You can likely just check with folks in Manning and reconnect.

  35. LaShell

    Peace and Blessings!

    My great-grandmother was a Bing, whose father was born in St. Philiip/St.Michael’s area. His father (my 3rd great grandfather) was born in Beaufort in 1840. All preceding ancestors were born in Beaufort/St. Luke’s Parish area, having a direct line to Free Bing. My great-grandmother was born in Washington DC because her father moved there. All of my family descendants of my great-grandmother live in Maryland, including me.

    I’m wondering if there’s a connection and if I’m possibly native. My ancestry traces back to the coast. Anything you could offer would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks so much,


    • Peace!

      The connection is the Bing Family in the Burton area of Beaufort County, SC we believe. Let us know what you find out.

  36. Darnell

    I have reason to believe my family MAY have a connection to the gullah geechee, but I am new to the research and figured this would be a good place to start. I come from the surnames Burt, Fox, Battle, Moore, Arrington and Contee.

    Thank you.

    • Peace!

      We need more info that what you sent. Where exactly is your family from? Do you know the state and county?

  37. Richard

    I have found records ancestors of the names Garvin and Graham that lived in Coosawhatchie, SC in the mid 1800s. Not on the islands but close by.

  38. LaShell

    Peace! Are you familiar with the surname Bing in St.Helena? My great grandmother was a Bing whose grandparents and older elders were born and raised there and St.Luke’s Parish.

    • Peace!

      We actually are familiar with the surname Bing and recently directed someone to Burton where they are from not St. Helena Island.

  39. La' Tonya

    I’m tracing my mother’s family line Does the Bozeman/Boseman family name have a presence in the Gullah/Geechee Nation?

    • Peace La’Tonya!

      It is not a common name in the Gullah/Geechee Nation. However, we are familiar with that last name more inland in SC. Have you found a connection to Anderson, SC? Keep in mind that not everyone in any of the states in the Gullah/Geechee Nation are Gullah/Geechee.

  40. Dorothy Small Grier

    I am searching for my my ancestors withe last name (Small) My father George Small was a Gheeche and spoke the language. While researching I discovered others with the last name Small living in Charston SC..Some family members moved inland to Bishopville South Carolina. Do you know others who are researching the surname ( Small )

    • Peace Dorothy!

      There are many many “Smalls” (plural) here, but not as many “Small.” You should be able to just contact folks in Bishopville by actually looking up the phone numbers of people with that last name that still live there. It is a small place and those with that surname are likely related. We haven’t had others look for the singular version of that surname previously. We pray you easily relink to your folks.

  41. Latricia

    Greetings, I am have been trying to learn more about my family. My mother’s family is from the Charleston area and possibly Wadmalaw Island before they moved more into the city. My mother maiden name is Chisolm. She always told me stories of my grandmother’s people being Gullah people and just wanting to explore what family could be out there. Thanks

    • Peace Latricia!

      You need to simply look up that surname and find a telephone number online for folks still on Wadamalaw with it and call and speak to them directly. That is a very common last name here in the Gullah/Geechee Nation and your family is likely right where they have always been on that Sea Island.

      • Latricia

        Thank you for this information for the start of my journey!

  42. Enna V

    Peace! I am trying to learn more about my family background! Is the Varner last name present in the Gullah/Geechee Nation?

  43. La' Tonya Wiley

    Would the family names: Swan, Poteat, Gunn or Clinkscales have a presence there?

    • Peace Ms. Wiley!

      Gunn is a surname in the Coastal Georgia area. Swan is vaguely familiar. We are not aware of the other two surnames.

  44. Joe

    Peace! I was wondering is there a website that lists all of the protected Gullah sites and historical landmarks in SC. Also I wanted to know if you are familiar with my family’s area. They live in the isolated towns of Eadytown, Cross, and Pineville, SC. There’s no denying of their language as it is Gullah and well preserved among the older generation. And they even live near a rice plantation right near the Santee River.

    • Peace Joe!

      Although a listing of historic sites are in the Appendix of the Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor General Management Plan, we do not have aras that are protected. They are listed on the National Register of Historic Places, but that does not protect them. We protect them!

      We definitely are well aware of the areas that your family is from. E dey ya een de Gullah/Geechee Nation fa tru.

  45. Alisha

    Hello my family is from Charleston and Dorchester SC. The last names are Gould, Cullar, Oliver, and Dickerson.

  46. Olivia

    Hello! I am currently researching my family’s roots. I live in SC and my family is from both the Sumter, Charleston, and the Conway area. Are these last names common: Lewis, Rembert, Richardson, James, Spears, and Johnson?

    • Peace!

      We have heard the first two surnames, but not usually from people that were born and raised within the Gullah/Geechee Nation. Sumter is not in the Gullah/Geechee Nation. We haven’t heard of James or Spears on the coast. Richardsons have a large family in Sol Legre off James Island in Charleston, SC and you can search for more details via the South Carolina Room at the main library on Calhoun Street in Charleston, SC and via the SC Department of Archives and History. The Johnson Families in the Gullah/Geechee Nation are countless! So, use the same sources specifically for Charleston and to search there and and contact the SC Department of Archives and History for the remaining areas.

      GAWD bless hunnuh pun de journee fa find de famlee.

      • Olivia

        Thank you so much for your response, I’m going to contact this agency and see if I can trace my history further.

        God Bless you for your help.

      • Hunnuh welcum Olivia!

      • Olivia

        I do have one additional question if you don’t mind answering: is there anyone in the Nation with the last name of Prioleau?

      • Peace Olivia!

        Prioleau is the name of one of the people that caused Denmark Vesey and Gullah Jack to be hung. Check Charleston, SC for details on others with that surname.

      • Olivia

        Thank you for your second response. I did some surface level research and would be highly ashamed if I was tied to that specific man. However I’ll put more stock into my research of the other last names.

        Thank you again!

  47. Alisha

    My uncle William Oliver is in the US Congress Slave Narratives he is from the old oliver plantation in Horry County. With that being said has anyone ever heard of him? My family is also from Charleston,Murrells Inlet,Georgetown and Dorchester SC. The last names are Gould, Cullar, Oliver, and Dickerson.
    Is my family part of the Gullah/Geechee family?
    Thank you


    • Peace!

      We haven’t specifically heard of him. We have probably come across interview info in some format from Horry County over they years since Horry County is definitely in the Gullah/Geechee Nation though.

  48. Alisha

    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?


  1. #GullahGeechee2020 Fighting Against Coastal Destruction @GullahGeechee | Gullah/Geechee Nation
  2. #GullahGeechee2020-Celebrate the Gullah/Geechee Nation’s 20th Anniversary | Gullah/Geechee Nation

Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this: