Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Stand for Land: 200 Years Since Sherman’s Meeting in Savannah, GA


Gullah/Geechee Nation

by Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (

Gullah/Geechees at the Smith Plantation in Port Royal, SC, Gullah/Geechee Nation

200 years ago at this time (8 pm EST), Secretary of War and Major-General William T. Sherman had a meeting with Gullah/Geechee ministers which many have never been taught about.  These ministers had a vision for the future of their people which involved self-determination and self-sufficiency.   Their words regarding land ownership and their people was no doubt taken to heart by Major-General Sherman given that four days later, he issued “Special Field Order Number 15” which is still often referred to as “40 Acres and a Mule” by people of African descent in America.   They often refer to the lack of having received what was clearly outlined during this meeting and in the field order as what was being sought by the people that had previously been enslaved.

The ministers at this meeting made it clear that…

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