Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission

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Who are the Gullah Geechee People?

Who are the Gullah Geechee People?

The Gullah Geechee people are the descendants of West and Central Africans who were enslaved beginning in the 1600s on the coastal rice, indigo and Sea Island cotton plantations in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida.  The result was an intense interaction among Africans from different societies and language groups in isolated plantation settings where enslaved Africans and their descendants formed the majority. Over time, they developed the unique creole Gullah Geechee language as a means of communicating with each other and they were also able to preserve many African practices in their language, arts, crafts and cuisine.

By ggcadmin March 30, 2019