Gullah/Geechee Journey to Sandy Island with Queen Quet

Gullah/Geechee Nation

Sandy Island, SC in the Gullah/Geechee Nation

Sandy Island, SC consist of 9000 acres of land on which one can see 4 different Sea Island habitats.  Due to the vision of Mr. Washington who was a driver on the Carolina Gold rice plantations there, the Gullah/Geechees that descend from the island own approximately 250 acres of this property to this day.  The rest of the island is under numerous conservation easements and are part of the Waccamaw National Wildlife Refuge.

Queen Quet at Waccamaw National Wildlife Refuge

Like most of the Sea Islands of the Gullah/Geechee Nation, for many years Sandy Island did not appear on maps.  Those that live in Georgetown, SC have heard of the island due to going to school with the residents when they came across by boat to Pawley’s Island or other parts of the county.  However, many that currently reside in Myrtle Beach and Georgetown have never actually placed their feet in the literal sand that…

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