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The Gullah/Geechee are a distinct group of African Americans living on the Sea Islands of the Southeastern Atlantic coast. They are descendants of enslaved Africans, transported from Western and West Central Africa, who have preserved their African-influenced culture consisting of language, foodways, arts, rituals, and folk beliefs.

Historical Background

In the late 18th century, enslaved people captured from what is now Senegal, Sierra Leone, Angola, Liberia, and other places along the western coast of Africa were brought to the United States through the port of Charleston, South Carolina. The descendants of these enslaved Africans are the Gullah/Geechee people.

The coastal region of Georgia and South Carolina, surrounded by a long stretch of fertile islands, is home to the Gullah/Geechee. These islands, known to ...

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