"G" is for Gullah

Sep 3, 2018

Credit SC Public Radio

"G" is for Gullah. The term “Gullah, “ or “Geechee,” describes a unique group of African Americans descended from Africans settled on the Sea Islands of the lowcountry of South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, and North Carolina. The origin of the term “Gullah” (in South Carolina) is uncertain. Some believe it derives from “Angola”; others think it refers to the Gola people of Liberia and Sierra Leone. The term “Geechee” (in Georgia) may come from the Ogeechee River; or it may refer to the Kissi/Geesi people of Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia. The process of combining different African peoples and languages in the lowcountry led to the emergence of Gullah or Geechee as a common language. The Gullah/Geechee people continue to manifest unique African cultural attributes that have survived for more than three centuries.