Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Gullah Geechee: Shouldn't Our History Be preserved?

                                                                                                                                                                     This morning my sister shared a story with me on Facebook. It definitely caught my attention, and
she knew that it would. This article really hit home with me because Gullah Geechee is part of my heritage. My great Grandmother Frances (Fannie) WILLIAMS was of this culture. Her family, originally from New Orleans, migrated to Mississippi and later settled in Arkansas where my Grandfather, Ollie Taylor was born.

The article talks about this small community in Georgia, called  Sapelo Island. It is one of the earliest freed slave settlements. Many of the descendants of  slaves still live there today. The Gullah Geechee people are being forced to sell because of rising property taxes. The owners aren’t giving up without a fight, they are making their story known. No, my family is not from Georgia..that I know of. I cannot remain silent. I feel that I must share this and speak up.

I cannot believe that this is happening! all because of taxes?..really? a whole 50 people on the island. What exactly are they being taxed for? why can't this land be preserved. I think that it should be declared a national historic landmark. It's more than just a place. It's about a culture, a way of life. The history of a people that would be destroyed if this land is sold.  If dozens of plantation homes, civil war lands, buildings are declared historic why shouldn't this be?

Shouldn't our history be preserved?

Okay, I'm done ranting. Just had to get it out. I hope that others will stand and lift their voice. Someone has to help share the story.

If you don't stand for something. You will fall for anything.

Sapelo island historic-slave community Faces Tax Rise



  1. Without question SAPELO ISLAND should be protected as a vital part of GULLAH/GEECHEE heritage and entitled to Historic Preservation protection. These tactics aren't new but they prove successful when levied against our communities where often advocacy is mum and monies to fight costly legal battles non-existent. This is why Social Media is KEY. I've been watching the dialogue (via Twitter) and will support any form of protest it sparks!

  2. The land should be declared a national historic landmark. Raising taxes is another slick but legal method of taking the land from our people.

  3. Denise,

    Welcome to Geneabloggers!

    Regards, Grant

  4. Welcome aboard I look forward to your journey