Social Science Research Council Research AMP Mediawell

A Tree Story: Gullah/Geechee Roots and Resilience

Marcy, Jessica; Bell, Tony

Johns Islanders fight to hold onto their ancestral land, Gullah / Geechee culture, and trees amid the threat of land loss due to overdevelopment and climate change related sea level rise in the Lowcountry of South Carolina. Their story is reflected in the fight to protect the Angel Oak, a beloved live oak tree that is over 400 years old and located on a former plantation on Johns Island.