Williamsburg County was one of many in the state to proclaim the week of July 27, as Gullah/Geechee Nation Appreciation Week. To make it special, Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation made an appearance during Williamsburg County Council’s July 16, meeting. Williamsburg County Supervisor Dr. Tiffany Wright presented Queen Quet with the proclamation. The celebration runs 10 days, from July 27 to August 4, with the kickoff at Mosquito Beach in Charleston County.
The visit was Queen Quet’s second to the county. In 2018, she visited the Williams Muscadine Vineyard & Farm in Nesmith as an honored guest, where she recorded a show on Gullah/Geechee TV.
The Gullah/Geechee Nation stretches from Jacksonville, North Carolina to Jacksonville, Florida and encompasses all of the Sea Islands and 30 to 35 miles inland to the St. John’s River. The people have been considered “a nation within a nation” from the time of chattel enslavement in the United States until they officially became an internationally recognized nation on July 2, 2000. At that time they elected Queen Quet as Chieftess and Head-of-State.
Among her many achievements, Queen Quet Marquetta L. Goodwine is a published author, environmental justice advocate and lecturer. In 2008, she spoke at a United Nations Conference in order to have the human rights story of the Gullah/Geechee people archived for the United Nations. She can be seen in a weekly broadcast on “Gullah/Geechee TV.” For more information about the scheduled events, Queen Quet and the Gullah/Geechee Nation visit https://gullahgeecheenation.com.