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America's Gullah/Geechee people

Updated 2:27 PM ET, Mon May 7, 2018
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The Gullah/Geechee are descendants of West African slaves brought to America to work in rice and cotton fields. Thanks to their relative isolation and strong community life, they've preserved their African cultural history. Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition
To this day, they keep the legacy of their ancestors alive, passing on African traditions from one generation to the next. Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition
Fishing is a big industry for the Gullah/Geechee people. They still use nets made by hand and cast them the way their ancestors did centuries ago. Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition
Queen Quet (right) was chosen to represent the Gullah/Geechee nation in 2000. Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition
"The Gullah/Geechee nation is an extremely tightly knit community," says Queen Quet. Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition
The Gullah/Geechee have arguably preserved the heritage of their African ancestors better than any other group in the United States. Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition
Queen Quet honors the Gullah/Geechee ancestors at the community's sacred burial ground. Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition