Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition


In 1996 the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition was founded by Marquetta L. Goodwine who has since been enstooled as Queen Quet, Chieftess and Head-of-State for the Gullah/Geechee Nation.   At that time, she saw the need to bring people around the world together in order to protect a branch of Africa’s tree that took root in North America which had became a place of consistent “destructionment” and displacement of Gullah/Geechee people.


No other organization in the world existed with “Gullah/Geechee” in the name until the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition came into being.  This has become the premiere organization for the continuation of Gullah/Geechee culture and the protection of the rights of Gullah/Geechees.
The Sea Islands and the Lowcountry occupying thirty-five miles inland from Jacksonville, North Carolina to Jacksonville, Florida is now the Gullah/Geechee Nation.   Through this region runs the United StatesGullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor that was founded through an act of the United States Congress.   The Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition was the leading organization in the effort to have this national designation done.  The organization continues to work with the citizens of the Gullah/Geechee Nation to insure that their human rights are protected and that the culture continues for the generations to come.
The Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition
  • advocates for the rights of all Gullah/Geechee people around the world
  • promotes and participates in the preservation of Gullah/Geechee history, heritage, culture, and language.
  • works toward Sea Island land re-acquisition and maintenance.
  • celebrates Gullah/Geechee culture through artistic and educational means electronically and via “grassroots scholarship.”
Membership in the Coalition is open to all people around the world that want to work toward these goals.   Members and supporters around the world receive “De Conch” ezine on a monthly basis.  Members are also subscribed to “De Nayshun Nyews” listserve for updates and conversations.
The Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition’s “Alkebulan Archive” is the ONLY archive in the world totally dedicated to Gullah/Geechee history, heritage, and culture.  It is the research base for the International University of the Gullah/Geechee Nation.  Currently, the members and supporters of the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition are supporting the digitization of the archive.
The Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition‘s “Gullah/Geechee Living Learning Center” partners with the Yenna Chiren House, Hunting Island Nature Center and the St. Helena Island Branch Library in order to provide monthly programming and workshops on historic St. Helena Island and in Charleston, SC in the Gullah/Geechee Nation.
To apply to do research or stay at the "Hunnuh Home Research & Retreat Center" email

To apply to do research or stay at the “Hunnuh Home Research & Retreat Center” email

The Coalition operates the “Hunnuh Home Gullah/Geechee Research & Retreat Center” which is open to researchers and educational groups throughout the year.  To apply to do research, email
Annually the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition is a sponsor of the Gullah/Geechee Nation International Music & Movement Festival which moves to different parts of the Gullah/Geechee Nation and areas of the African Diaspora.  As well as the host of numerous tour and educational groups at their Gullah/Geechee Coalition Center.  To register your group for an authentic Gullah/Geechee tour and/or workshop, email
Throughout the year, the Coalition has a number of events which are broadcast on Gullah/Geechee Riddim Radio hosted by the founder of the Coalition, Queen Quet.  The broadcast was launched for the Coalition’s anniversary in 2009. 
Tune in to learn of the many projects that the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition has successfully completed and on-going activities of the organization: 
To become a part of the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition 
email and to contribute send snail mail to:
Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition
Post Office Box 1207 
St. Helena Island SC 29920 
Membership and Gullah/Geechee items can also be obtained at the “Gullah/Geechee Nation Online Store”
or you can make a donation and become a member at the same time by supporting the
Gullah/Geechee Land & Legacy Fund 
Gulah/Geechee Land & Legacy Fund
or donate via CashApp to $GullahGeecheeNation .
To become one of the action partners to help keep Gullah/Geechee culture alive on Gullah/Geechee owned land, go to
Gullah/Geechee Nation Flag
“Hunnuh mus tek cyare de root fa heal de tree.”
• Queen Quet, Founder of the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition


  1. Pam

    I recently discovered through a dna test that some of my ancestors were West African. I do not know which country they were stolen from. I would like to visit St. Helena, South Carolina in order to see some of what might have been their habitat. Where can I stay on the island.
    I would like to stay amongst the people of the island. Please recommend a Gullah/Geechee owned hotel, guesthouse or inn on the island.

  2. Mungenia Deloris Marie Mungin

    I am descendant of Gullah/Gee, through my mother’s mother Ruby Baugh born in Savannah, Ga 1911 January 8. no birth certificate.

  3. Jabari M Risher

    Proud of my GullahGeechee grand parents. Grew up in their house with the Gullah language spoken on a regular basis along with the Gullah culture (west african). I’ve been supremely blessed.

  4. Dianna pursley

    Planning vacation for next year, where can stay on the island.


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  2. Disya Who WEBE: Gullah/Geechee Foundations of Black History at the St. Helena Branch Library « Gullah/Geechee Nation
  3. Sea Island Environmental Justice Community Workshop in Beaufort, SC « Gullah/Geechee Nation
  4. Support Gullah/Geechee Sustainability by Attending the Inaugural “Coastal Cultures Conference”! « Gullah/Geechee Nation
  5. Celebratin de Gullah/Geechee Ooman at the St. Helena Branch Library « Gullah/Geechee Nation
  6. Equitable Community Engagement in Adaptation and Disaster Preparedness « Gullah/Geechee Nation
  7. A Gullah/Geechee Child’s Life at Risk: Saving Ariana-Leilani « Gullah/Geechee Nation
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  9. Black Music Month Edition of the Gullah/Geechee Ezine “De Conch” « Gullah/Geechee Nation
  10. Gullah/Geechee Leaders Train the US Environmental Protection Agency on Community Engagement « Gullah/Geechee Nation
  11. Gullah/Geechee Celebration of the Sea: Healin de Famlee « Gullah/Geechee Nation
  12. Gullah/Geechee Riddim Radio: Labor Day, Civil Rights & Self-Determination « Gullah/Geechee Nation
  13. Continuing to Progress on Johns Island, SC in the Gullah/Geechee Nation « Gullah/Geechee Nation
  14. Gullah/Geechee Nation Reflections from Operation Understanding: Long may she reign. « Gullah/Geechee Nation
  15. A Sea of Gullah/Geechee Culture Flows for Gullah/Geechee Heritage Awareness Month « Gullah/Geechee Nation
  16. UJIMA een de Gullah/Geechee Nation! « Gullah/Geechee Nation
  17. KUUMBA een de Gullah/Geechee Nation-Creativity and Community « Gullah/Geechee Nation
  18. Gullah/Geechee Land & Legacy: WE Property by Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation « Gullah/Geechee Nation
  19. Gullah/Geechee Land & Legacy Part 2: Mo Than 40 Acres and a Mule by Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation | Gullah/Geechee Nation
  20. 2nd Annual Coastal Cultures Conference-Gullah/Geechee: Healin de Land an de Famlee | Gullah/Geechee Nation
  21. Queen Quet Continuing to Write the Pages of Gullah/Geechee Ourstory & Black History! | Gullah/Geechee Nation
  22. Queen Quet presents “De Gullah/Geechee Ooman an E Right ta Freedum!” on March 12, 2014 | Gullah/Geechee Nation
  23. Queen Quet Overcoming Gullah/Geechee Destructionment | Gullah/Geechee Nation
  24. Gullah/Geechee Culture and Sustainability Connects to the Global Community by Queen Quet | Gullah/Geechee Nation
  25. Cultural Competency in the Midst of Environmental Injustice and Environmental Racism | Gullah/Geechee Nation
  26. De Wata Bring We: An Afternoon of Gullah/Geechee at Adriala Gallery | Gullah/Geechee Nation
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  30. Gullah/Geechee Nation Engages in the International Decade of People of African Descent | Gullah/Geechee Nation
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  33. Coastal Cultures Conference 2015: De Wata da We: Gullah/Geechee Sustainbility | Gullah/Geechee Nation
  34. Queen Quet & De Gullah Cunneckshun Gwine ta Wofford een Spartanburg, SC! | Gullah/Geechee Nation
  35. Words from a Gullah/Geechee Living Legend on A Century of Black Life, History, and Culture | Gullah/Geechee Nation
  36. Gullah/Geechee ALERT! Stop Permits for Seismic Gun Activity Off Our Coast! | Gullah/Geechee Nation
  37. The Day of the Geechee is Gone-A Queen’s Mourning Song by Queen Quet | Gullah/Geechee Nation
  38. Queen Quet & De Gullah Cunneckshun Gwine tru SC! | Gullah/Geechee Nation
  39. Come be a Part of Gullah/Geechee Nation Volunteer Month! | Gullah/Geechee Nation
  40. Beautiful Beaufort by the Sea and the Story of the Gullah/Geechee | Gullah/Geechee Nation
  41. The Road Through St. Helena with Rollins by Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation | Gullah/Geechee Nation
  42. From the Gulf to the Gullah/Geechee Nation-Do Not Drill! Stop the Oil Spill! | Gullah/Geechee Nation
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