Challenges Facing Gullah landowners

Due to the land’s proximity to the coastline and its composition mainly of sea islands, development, tourism, and financial pressures have caused the Gullah Geechee people to lose a significant amount of land.

From 1950 to 2000, as a result of sea island development, South Carolina lowcountry counties’ population  increased by 151% compared to 86% growth nationally. 

Gullah families have lost more than 14 million acres of family property

within the Gullah Geechee Corridor -
NC / SC / GA / FL

81% of Early Black Landowners did Not make a will

91% of Black Land Loss Is Attributed to Heirs' Property

Heirs' Property By The Numbers

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