Gullah Geechee people have preserved the heritage of their ancestors more than any other Black Americans in the United States. They are descendants of Central and West African people who were enslaved together on the isolated sea and barrier islands that span what is now designated as the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor – a stretch of the U.S. coastline that extends from southern North Carolina to Northern Florida.

The result of the isolation was an intense interaction among them from different language groups in settings where they formed the majority. Over time, they developed the creole Gullah Geechee language as a means of communicating with each other. They also preserved many African practices in their language, arts, crafts and especially the cuisine.