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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).


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:

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  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.

  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?

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