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Town of Port Royal Proclaims Gullah/Geechee Nation Appreciation Week 2019!

Mayor Samuel Murray presented Queen Quet. Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com) with a proclamation for “Gullah/Geechee Nation Appreciation Week 2019” during their town council meeting.

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Celebrating Reconstruction in Beaufort County @GullahGeechee

The Reconstruction Era National Monument which is celebrating its first anniversary is dedicated to commemorating the period from 1861 through 1900 when nearly four million previously enslaved Africans sought to integrate into a free society and into the educational, economic, and political life of the country that they actually built.   The Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition in collaboration with Gullah African Diaspora Artists (GADA) will host a conference that will delve deeply into the Gullah/Geechee story of Reconstruction.  The “Realities of Reconstruction Conference” will be held at the new Mather Museum and Interpretive Center which is located at the historic Mather School campus which is now the Technical College of the Lowcountry.  The conference will give the participants an opportunity to visit several sites beyond those that are officially a part of the Reconstruction Era National Monument. 

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Port Royal Proclaims Gullah/Geechee Nation Appreciation Week 2017

Mayor Samuel Murray and the town council of the Town of Port Royal presented Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com) with a proclamation for “Gullah/Geechee Nation Appreciation Week 2017” during their town hall meeting.  Tune in to the Gullah/Geechee TV (GGTV) coverage of the event:

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Honoring de Ooman Souljah een de Gullah/Geechee Nation fa Decoration Day

In honor of Memorial Day which is “Decoration Day” in the Gullah/Geechee Nation, Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation honors the legacy of Suzie King Taylor and Harriet Tubman who served at Camp Saxton in Port Royal on the island of Port Royal in South Carolina during the United States Civil War.

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President Obama Declares National Reconstruction Monument in Beaufort, SC

President Barak Obama declared five new United States National Monuments by using the Antiquities Act to “preserve critical chapters of our country’s history” and to “ensure that our national parks, monuments and public lands are fully reflective of our nation’s diverse history and culture.” One of these new national monuments is the multi-site “Reconstruction National Monument” in Beaufort County, SC. It will include the Brick Baptist Church and Darrah Hall which are both in the Penn Center National Landmark Historic District on St. Helena Island, SC as well as the site of the Emancipation Oak at Camp Saxton in Port Royal. All of these sites have major significance to the spiritual and land rights story of the Gullah/Geechee Nation as well as to the on-going battle for freedom and full recognition of the contributions of people of African descent to America.

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Port Royal Proclaims Gullah/Geechee Nation Appreciation Week 2016!

The Town of Port Royal, SC in the Gullah/Geechee Nation proclaimed “Gullah/Geechee Nation Appreciation Week” 2016! Mayor Samuel Murray presented Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com) with the proclamation at the town hall.

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A St. Helena Gullah/Geechee Gal Still Sailing

I thought of how the birth of the first African children in North America is said to have been from the Africans that were part of some of these early explorations to my home island that is embossed with the name Saint Helena to this day. These births are said to have taken place before the settlements in Virginia and other places. These and the Africans that were aboard many vessels of exploration during the time period that this galleon sailed are mostly faded away as if washed over by the salty waters of the ocean over all these years. Many of their stories like our ancestors bones have been buried in the waters of the Middle Passage.

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Gullah/Geechee Nation Appreciation Week 2016 Declared in Port Royal, SC!

The Town of Port Royal, SC in the Gullah/Geechee Nation proclaims “Gullah/Geechee Nation Appreciation Week” for the third year in a row!

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A Journey Through Gullah/Geechee Ourstory in Beaufort County, SC

Beaufort County, SC completed joined in the celebration of the history and heritage of the Gullah/Geechee Nation!  All four incorporated townships-Beaufort, Port Royal, Bluffton, and Hilton Head Island-and the county council all presented Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com) with proclamations to show their support of continuing the heritage and culture of Gullah/Geechees. …

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Gullah/Geechee Nation Appreciation Week: De Link Wid We Land

As Gullah/Geechee Nation Appreciation Week continues in Beaufort County, SC, there are several things to do and appreciate outdoors along the Sea Island coastline.  Gullah/Geechee culture is inextricably tied to the land and waterways.  Thus, one cannot truly appreciate the culture without connecting to the environment.  Here are some things to do outdoors as folks …

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