Gullah/Geechee Land & Legacy: WE Property by Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation


This is part 1 of the three part series: “Gullah/Geechee Land & Legacy” by Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (

Gullah/Geechee Nation

Hunting Island, SC Shoreline

“WE property” is often stated by Gullah/Geechees to indicate their communal living pattern in family compounds on the Sea Islands.  This also indicates the ownership by tenants in common often referred to as “heirs property” even if that property has now been subdivided and each individual has a portion of it.  This becomes soon forgotten in some families when there are those individuals that do not want to contribute to the land taxes associated with the property.   The burden then falls on one or a very small few compared to all of those that want to stake a claim in owning some interest within this real estate.

These family members do not tend to think back on all that it took for their ancestors that left this property to their heirs.  The very same people that were considered property and called “chattel” are the ones that had…

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