The origin of the Gullah language is as unique as the cadence and rhythm of its sound. 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. The Gullah are a distinctive group of African Americans whose origins lie along the coasts of South Carolina and Georgia, as well as the adjacent sea islands. Nearly a million Gullah live between Jacksonville, North Carolina and Jacksonville, Florida today.


Some members of the Gullah community tend to associate the name with the "pre-American" story of the Golas and the Gizzis (of the Kissi tribe), two cultural groups living near Liberia during the African slave trade. Members of these groups were also kidnapped, sold and enslaved in large numbers. Africans from their region along the Windward Coast entered through Charleston (Guale territory) and joined an extensive Underground Railroad network from North America, the Caribbean, Central America, South America, and Mexico.

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Please visit our website to complete the donations form and we will gladly respond shortly. You can also sign up today by contacting Robert Flowers or Saundra Morene at (904) 444-1829 or (904) 497-0448. Jacksonville Gullah/Geechee Nation CDC is a division 501c3 Non-profit organization incorporated in the state of Florida. For donations, please visit!

To be a corporate sponsor for JGGNCDC, one must complete the Corporate Sponsorship Form and submit the form and your monetary gift/donation or check made payable to Jacksonville Gullah/Geechee Nation CDC with DONATION written in the memo line to any authorized board member of the JGGNCDC. Upon receipt of your completed Corporate Sponsorship Form and your monetary gift you will receive a Thank You/Confirmation Letter in the mail which will include a receipt of what was donated, our tax exempt information, as well as corporate sponsor recognition on our website

The vision of the JGGNCDC is to preserve, protect, and promote our history, heritage, language, legacy and continuing contributions of Gullah/Geechee people; and to serve as custodians of Gullah/Geechee culture and protectors of our human rights.

To nurture pride and facilitate an understanding and awareness of the significance of Gullah/Geechee heritage and culture and it’s significance to the global community.


The JGGNCDC offers a variety of cultural events, tours, educational programs and intergenerational activities in a safe family-oriented environment.

Our most vital component in keeping people informed with the JGGNCDC is our website and the promotion of year round events. Through your donations, you will help us develop and maintain our website, which will serve as our central location for distributing information.  Also, your donations will help subsidize the start-up cost for our cultural learning center, office building usage fees, promo materials, and other miscellaneous fees that come up such as t-shirts, supplies, decorations, etc.

As a corporate sponsor, you will receive prominent event recognition as a corporate with online/offline exposure. A sponsor badge will be provided for you to wear at all of the JGGNCDC events along with your Thank You/Confirmation letter.  This badge will allow you and a limited number of guests to receive free food at our year round events, an opportunity to address the audience about your company and/or products, access to set up a booth, a link from our webpage to your company’s website with your logo, and your company’s name and/or brand on all of our promotions as a corporate sponsor