Posts Tagged ‘Gullah heritage’

Harriet Tubman Statue to be Erected in Beaufort County, SC in the Gullah/Geechee Nation

May 8, 2017
Many people are unaware of the fact that Harriet Tubman, who is most known for her outstanding work freeing enslaved people from bondage via the Underground Railroad, stayed in Beaufort, SC during her service as a soldier and scout.  She served during the United States Civil War and was stationed at Port Royal Island.   In order to enlighten more people in the world about her presence in Beaufort County, SC former South Carolina General Assembly member, Rev. Kenneth C. Hodges made sure that the bridge over the Combahee River was renamed in honor of Harriet Tubman and now there will also be a monument erected in Beaufort at the Tabernacle Baptist Church where he pastors to her honor.
Join the Beaufort Gullah/Geechee Famlee at the “Gullah Lowcountry Dinner Theater” on Friday, May 26, 2017 at 5:30 pm. This event will feature a presentation by Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation ( entitled “Hallelujah Harriet: Mother Moses and de Gullah/Geechee.” The entire event is a fundraiser for the Harriet Tubman Monument which will be placed at Tabernacle Baptist Church Campus.  Advance tickets are on sale.   The ground breaking ceremony for the monument will take place on Saturday, May 27, 2017 at 10 am and is free and open to the public.
Harriet Tubman Fundraiser Dinner
For more information about the event and how to contribute to the monument, go to,  You can also email or go by the new Gullah/Geechee Visitors Center at 1908 Boundary Street in Beaufort, SC.  Tickets are on sale at the Gullah/Geechee Visitors Center, Lybensons Gallery, and Tabernacle Baptist Church in Beaufort, SC as well as at the aforementioned link.  
Bring the family to this monumental celebration!
Tune in to the Gullah/Geechee TV (GGTV) coverage of the historic ground breaking ceremony:

#GullahGeechee Nation Appreciation is the Talk of the Town!

August 2, 2016


Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation ( was featured on WHHI’s “Talk of the Town” to discuss “Gullah/Geechee Nation Appreciation Week” and how it is celebrated Beaufort countywide.  Every township within Beaufort County, SC including Hilton Head Island, SC which is where WHHI is located, has been participating in the celebration for the past four years.  Yeddi disya fa kno how hunnuh kin be paat ob de “Celebration of Self-Determination!”


Cum fa Juneteenth at de Jepson wid de @GullahGeechee Famlee!

June 1, 2016

It’s the oldest celebration of its kind commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. This year, Savannah’s Telfair Museums will mark its tenth annual Juneteenth Jubilee.


11415514_10204692252172354_7963589473113164798_oThe two-day event spotlights the Gullah/Geechee culture.  It begins June 9 at 6 pm with a lecture by Dr. Emory Shaw Campbell and culminates June 11 from 1 pm to 4 pm during ‘Free Family Day’ at Telfair Museums’ Jepson Center for the Arts.  Historic presentations will be done by historian Dr. Amir Jamal Toure, percussionist David Pleasant, and Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation.

The Second Annual Juneteenth Artist of the Year Award will be presented to local artist Arthur “Artie” Milton.

All Juneteenth events are free and open to the public. Click here for more information or call:  912-790-8800.


De Conch Wha Gwine on een de @GullahGeechee Nation Edition

May 3, 2016

De Conch Wha Gwine On 2016 Edition Cover

De Conch is the international ezine of de Gullah/Geechee Nation. Een de Wha Gwine on Edition, hunnuh kin yeddi bout tings wha gwine on disya summa and fall een de Gullah/Geechee Nation. This edition provides information on a number of Gullah/Geechee fundraising projects and how you can support them. Learn about the events taking place and come out with your family. Ef bout we hunnuh wan kno den yeddi de conch da blo! Please make sure to read, download, and share.

Engaging with Gullah/Geechee pun Hunnuh Journey

May 2, 2016

As many people make plans for the Memorial Day weekend and Sea Island summer journeys for their civic groups, family reunions, educational groups, and social clubs, the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition helps them to link to authentic Gullah/Geechee culture via De Gullah Root Experience Tour and providing information on Gullah/Geechee owned and operated businesses and historic sites.  Also, in the midst of all of the nationally advertised commercial festivals, they link their supporters to the events that are being held by the grassroots and traditional Gullah/Geechee people.  St. Helena Island, SC in the Gullah/Geechee Nation which is one of very few Sea Islands that still have contiguous Gullah/Geechee family compounds in which Gullah/Geechee cultural heritage is lived daily.  With this in mind, it comes as no surprise that St. Helena is the place wherein those visiting will be able to fully engage with native Gullah/Geechees and support them economically as they journey to the island.

The Dr. Martin Luther King Park Beautification Committee of historic St. Helena Island launched the new “St. Helena Community Market” in March of 2016.  This market operates from 10 am to 1 pm on the final Saturday of each month.


During Memorial Day weekend, visitors to the market will be able to obtain Gullah/Geechee hand made quilts, preserves, history books, CDs, DVDs, and more from De Gullah/Geechee Store where Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation ( will be on hand to do autographs and to educate people about Gullah/Geechee cultural heritage.

Queen Quet at St. Helena Market

The Dr. Martin Luther King Memorial Park is located at the intersection of Sea Island Parkway/Highway 21 and Dr. Martin Luther King Drive on historic St. Helena Island, SC in the Gullah/Geechee Nation.  Just across from the park are two Gullah/Geechee owned establishments, Gullah Grub and the Island Grill.   Not only will these be locations that the visitors can go into for food and drinks, they will also be able to support the work to renovate and reopen the historic Knights of Wise Men Hall for the members of the St. Helena Lodge #4.   They frequently host Saturday dinner sales at the building which is adjacent to the park.


St. Helena Lodge #4 members stand proudly with Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation ( who is a native of St. Helena Island like they are. They are restoring the historic Knights of Wise Men Hall which is on the National Register of Historic Places for their members to use as their lodge.

After supporting the activities in the Corners Community of St. Helena Island, folks should continue on Dr. Martin Luther King Drive through the Penn Center National Landmark Historic District and purchase Gullah/Geechee items at the welcome center there the proceed to the landmark St. Helena Branch Library on Jonathan Francis Road:

The St. Helena Branch Library will be hosting various Gullah/Geechee history exhibits throughout the summer.  There is a wide range of activities that take place at the library monthly including “De Gullah/Geechee Living History Series” which is sponsored by the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition which partners with the Friends of the Beaufort County Libraries and the St. Helena Branch Library.  The Friends of Fort Fremont recently unveiled a number of historic dioramas that are housed in the library.  These and the Gullah/Geechee Room cannot be found anywhere else in the world.

After touring the St. Helena Branch Library and going to Gullah/Geechee owned stores like Seaside Mini-Market on Seaside Road for some traditional sliced meats, snacks, and down home conversation, the journey can continue on Sea Island Parkway/Highway 21.  Visitors can purchase sweetgrass baskets at a family stand and fresh seafood from Bradley Seafood just down the road from the sweetgrass stand.  The day can be concluded with supper or dessert at the Gullah/Geechee owned and operated MJ’s Soul Food on Sea Island Parkway which is on the way to Hunting Island State Park.

Queen Quet & Staff and Owners of MJ's Soul Food

Hunting Island State Park is the site of the Gullah/Geechee Seafood Festival which is held during even numbered years.  The event will take place at the Hunting Island Nature Center on Saturday, October 22, 2016.

GG Seafood Festival Flyer 2016

So, after the journey to and through St. Helena Island and this opportunity to engage in Gullah/Geechee culture and yeddi a lil bit bout who da and nyam pun a lil bit a wha we da nyam pun, hunnuh kin cum bak fa jayn we!  Hunnuh caan do um all juss one time pun de St. Helena Island Gullah/Geechee journey!


If you are bringing a group of seven or more people to historic St. Helena Island, SC in the Gullah/Geechee Nation, consider taking De Gullah Root Experience Tour in order to get more extensive immersion into Gullah/Geechee language, history, and cultural heritage traditions.  Gwine ta or email