150 Years Waiting on 40 Acres and a Mule: Sherman and the Sea Islands of the Gullah/Geechee


Gullah/Geechee Nation

by Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com)

150 years ago today Union Major-General William Tecumseh Sherman stood in Savannah, GA here in the Gullah/Geechee Nation and issued “Special Field Order No. 15” which has long since been referred to as “40 Acres and a Mule” throughout communities of people of African descent in America aka the “Black community.”  Most often, we have dialogued about how we are yet waiting for our 40 acres and a mule.  However, many of our folks truly wouldn’t know what to do with a mule nor would want to raise and take care of one if it was part of the deal.  So, they would probably rapidly sell or trade the mule and simply take the 40 acres.  However, how long would the 40 acres be held on to after waiting for it all this time?

Unfortunately, the consistent disenfranchisement and…

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