South Carolina Governor Proclaims Statewide Gullah/Geechee Nation Appreciation Week

August 09, 2022

South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster has joined the massive number of coastal elected officials from North Carolina to Northeastern Florida who have proclaimed “Gullah/Geechee Nation Appreciation Week.”

SC Representative Shedron Williams proclaimed the celebration in his district in previous years. However, the Governor’s proclamation now makes this a statewide celebration. South Carolina is the first state to join the numerous coastal counties and townships that have proclaimed this celebration within their jurisdictions over the past decade.

Governor McMaster stood up with Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation in the battle to protect Bay Point off historic St. Helena Island from destructionment. The Gullah/Geechee Fishing Association and the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition recently won another victory there as Judge Marvin Dukes upheld the Beaufort County Board of Zoning Appeals decision to deny the building of a luxury resort at Bay Point.

When the governor presented Queen Quet with the Order of the Palmetto Award, he spoke of the importance of Gullah/Geechee culture to the State of South Carolina. His proclamation is yet another action he has taken in supporting the efforts of the citizens of the Gullah/Geechee Nation to keep their culture and traditions alive.

Citizens from all locations of the Gullah/Geechee Nation gathered on Saturday, July 30, 2022 on historic St. Helena Island, SC to launch Gullah/Geechee Nation Appreciation Week at Gullah/Geechee Famlee Day! E time fa shout!

From North Carolina’s Town of Leland down to Jacksonville, Florida, the coastal counties and numerous townships in the Gullah/Geechee Nation have proclaimed July 30-August 6, 2022 as “Gullah/Geechee Nation Appreciation Week.” This marks the 10th anniversary of this Gullah/Geechee Nation wide celebration of authentic Gullah/Geechee culture. The week launched on historic St. Helena Island, SC at the St. Helena Park.

“Gullah/Geechee Famlee Day” is the annual reunion of native Gullah/Geechees and their supporters hosted by Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com) and All Mobile Productions™ (AMP™). Numerous Gullah/Geechee traditional craft artisans and business owners had items for sale while DJ Kwame Sha spun a dance mix throughout the day. Folks were able to play softball, kickball, basketball and other family fun games while the children enjoyed the children’s play area. Gullah/Geechee cuisine tops off the entire afternoon that not only brings together folks who still reside in the Gullah/Geechee Nation but attracts kinfolks from the Motherland and the Caribbean who know of their historic and familial connections to the Gullah/Geechees. Songstress Gwen Yvette was the featured artist at the Jah’Lion Bar & Grille in Beaufort.

Tuesday, August 2nd and Thursday, August 4th tour Gullah/Geechee historic sites on your own or with one of the Gullah/Geechee owned tour companies such as DayClean Journeys in Savannah, Georgia or stop by the Gullah Museum in Georgetown, SC. While in Savannah, stop by “2 Chefs Gullah/Geechee Soul Food Restaurant” for a Gullah/Geechee meal. While in Georgetown, walk down the street to “Aunny’s Country Kitchen” or walk or drive to “Eve’s Caribbean Soul Food Restaurant.” If you decide to stop off in Charleston, SC in between these two Gullah/Geechee city journeys, have breakfast or lunch at “Hannibal’s Kitchen.” Consider having a private Gullah/Geechee artistic and educational afternoon with Elder Carlie Towne of the Gullah/Geechee Angel Network and include some cuisine from the “Destiny Community Café.”

Friday, August 5th, journey to North Carolina or through Georgia’s Golden Isles to enjoy the shoreline and visit the Black history markers that tell of the Gullah/Geechee historic legacy.

Saturday, August 6th the Gullah/Geechee Nation International Music & Movement Festival featuring recording artist, Marcus Allen, Bam Robinson and Gwen Yvette will be hosted by Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation, Bluffton MLK Observance Committee, and All Mobile Productions™(AMP™) will be held in Bluffton, SC at the Oyster Factory Park beginning at Noon. This culminating celebration of the week will also allow the guests to have an opportunity to tour the Garvin-Garvey Freedmen’s Cottage overlooking the May River.