JACKSONVILLE GULLAH GEECHEE NATION COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION

"FEEL THE SPIRIT OF OUR ANCESTORS"

OCTOBER-GULLAH-FEST

  1st  Annual OctoberGullahFest    October 15, 2011     A. Philip Randolph Heritage  Park

 2nd  Annual OctoberGullahFest    October 20, 2012     A. Philip Randolph Heritage  Park 

GULLAH/GEECHEE HISTORY

The Gullah/Geechee people are descendents of enslaved Africans from various ethnic groups of west and central Africa. Brought to the New World and forced to work on the plantations of coastal South Carolina, Georgia, North Carolina and Florida, Gullah/Geechee people have retained many aspects of their African heritage due to the geographic barriers of the coastal landscape and the strong sense of place and family of Gullah/Geechee community members. Today, the cultural and linguistic umbrella of the Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor,  from Wilmington, NC to Jacksonville, FL.

People who identify as Gullah or Geechee represent the many ways that Africans in the Americas have held on to and amalgamated the traditions of Africa with the cultures they encountered both during and after enslavement. 

The current Gullah-Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor and The National Park Service, Gullah-Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor was designated by Congress in 2006 by legislation sponsored by Congressman James Clyburn, Assistant Democratic Leader, and former Majority Leader and Minority Whip.  The addition of St. Johns County has been voted on by the Commission and added to the management plan and upon approval by the United States Secretary of Interior, Ken Salazar St. Johns County, i.e., St. Augustine will be the newest county in the corridor.

The corridor is home to one for America’s most unique culture, and traditions that was shaped by captive Africans and continued in later generations by their descendents.  St.  Augustine is home to both the original route for the Underground Railroad for it led south to Spanish Florida prior to heading north to Canada.  It was West Africans like Francisco Menendez who made 377 mile journey from the British Plantation to Fort Mose, and it was he that became the Captain of the Militia and help protect the City of St. Augustine.   Fort Mose is the first free black settlement in North American and was established in 1738 by Spanish Governor Manuel Montiano, and Fort Mose is also the site of the Patriot War.

 

 

THE JACKSONVILLE GULLAH/GEECHEE NATION COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION

The group is comprised of African-American descendants of Trans-Atlantic Slaves domiclied in the State of Florida.  We have established in order to bring inherited cultural awareness and improve the historical education efforts of the National Park Service.  As a non-profit Community Development Corporation, we are devoted to education on historical information about African American culture, heritage, economics, research, and preservation.   

Designated by Congress in 2006, the Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor extends from Wilmington, N.C. in the north to Jacksonville, Fl. in the south. It is home to one of America's most unique cultures, a tradition first shaped by captive Africans brought to the southern United States from West Africa and continued in later generations by their descendents.

 

Robert Flowers, President and CEO

Mr.Robert "Bob" Flowers has a solid background in community education as well as supervision and administration in the school system.  As former Assistant Principal of Community Education (1979-1993) at William M. Raines High School, and Area Coordinator for Community Education for the Duval County School Board, he has excessive knowledge for resources in the present community that we serve.

He is experienced in advisory committees and community economic development as well.Please contact him for more detailed in formation about the organization and the African Diapora influences in Jacksonville,Florida.

Mr."Bob" Flowers is affiliated with many organizations throughout the City of Jacksonville. He has served on the Board of Directors for Volunteer Jacksonville (1976-77), Jacksonville NAACP (1973-present), Jacksonville Urban League (1979), Florida First Coast Black Business, Inc., Chairman of the Board (1990), Charter Revision Committee, Civil Service Board (2009-2010).  In 2007-2009 Mr. Flowers served as President of the Democratic Caucus of Florida.   He currently works diligently to establish The Jacksonville Gullah/Geechee Nation Community Development Corporation, where he serves as President and CEO. 

 

OUR VISION

 

“A Duval County Community Development Corporation of

Gullah/Geechee  Descendants completely informed of their

Cultural Heritage and Human Rights.  Endowed by Integrity and

actively engaging in all levels of  Historical, Cultural, Economic

and

Social Development.” 

 

 

OUR MISSION

 

The Jacksonville Gullah-Geechee Community Development Corp is a domestic corporation registered in the State of Florida for the purpose of serving the Gullah-Geechee descendents domiciled within the State of Florida. Conjunctively, the CDC will serve as a support arm for the United States National Park Service, Gullah-Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor.  Additionally, the corporation will be responsible for the dissemination of historical information about the African Diaspora and the great migration of blacks in the New World.