Black Ancestors : Gullah and the Sea Islands

Clyde C Coger Jr

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No problem, Bro. Clyde.


We do have to preserve and spread our stories.


My mother's family is from that region/area of GA.

I don't know that I have any "Geechee" in me, but I might!



Not a problem cherryblossom, no not at all, for real. By the way, are you in receipt of a mic from Brother Info-metry?

 

Clyde C Coger Jr

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Bumped for a response from cherryblossom to the question about receiving the mic; sister, this is important for tracking purposes...Peace In my sister friend.


 

Clyde C Coger Jr

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Yes, I did receive the mic and used it last night in Sisters Chat.



ty sister cherryblossom,

I also saw where you left a user note for me as well. Thanks for sharing with me whose next on the list to receive a mic.

 

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Nearly a half a million Gullah live between Jacksonville, North Carolina and Jacksonville, Florida today. This 500 mile stretch along the Atlantic Ocean and over and between the Rivers that surround it is home to the descendants of the Africans brought to the Carolina Colony beginning in the late 1500s. They live along the interstates and corridors which sometime meander around and touch the borders of Interstate 95 and Highway 17. For nearly five centuries, their lives have been economically and politically tied to this region and the "cash crops" needed for its success whether it be rice or tourism. Places in and around Wilmington, North Carolina, Georgetown and Charleston, South Carolina, Savannah and Jacksonville, Florida figure prominently in the Gullah story from the beginning to now.

Their origin and history began on African soil. During the slave trade, captured Africans, destined for American plantations, were often retained in holding cells along the West African coastlines. This imprisonment brought an unprecedented large number of diferrent Africans together under one roof and formed the basis for the outline and structure of what became and is called Gullah culture. .
By the mid 1700s, these Africans dominated the slave labor force. They became the muscle and mind behind the rice and cotton industries that once lined the waters of the Carolina Slave Coast. Their knowledge of farming, rice, rice cultivation, along with their labor, made the Gullah the most desired and sought after labor of the agricultural South. These Gullah slave farmers made their owners some of the wealthiest businessmen in pre-Civil War America.

It is popular belief that the name Gullah is a distortion of the name Angola, a region that supplied some 40% of the slaves brought to and sold at the Charleston slave market. However, some members of the Gullah community tend to associate the name with the pre American story of the Golas and the Gizzis, two cultural groups living near Liberia during the African slave trade. Members of these groups were also captured and sold in large numbers. Africans from their region along the Windward Coast entered through Charleston and were well represented in the slave population.

In the early days, slaves reserved the name title Gullah for certain members of their communities. The name was not used in the widespread way that it is used today. At that time, it was used more as a handle or prefix as was the case of Golla Jack in the Denmark Vessey Conspiracy of 1822. Until this day, the similarities in the African and American names of these groups, the Golas (Gullah) and the Gizzis (Geechees), could very well be the source of the importance placed on whether one is called Gullah or Geechee today.

...cont.... http://www.ultimategullah.com/culture.html
 
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