The Gullah-Geechees of the Low Country, the coastal area of South Carolina and Georgia, but also extending to parts of North Carolina and Florida are descendants of enslaved people taken from the West Coast of Africa; including Sierra Leone. They were brought to the North American Colonies to cultivate rice.
Indeed, rice is what forms the special link between the Gullah and the people of Sierra LeoneLearn more about our Gullah-Geechee Connection
Trelawny Town Maroons
The Maroons of Trelawny Town (now Flagstaff), Montego Bay Jamaica have links to Sierra Leone. The Maroons were escaped slaves that sought refuge in the "Cockpit Country" deep in the hillside. They were able to stay free by ferocious guerilla fighting and some controversial peace treaties signed between them and the British. Until they were "tricked" by the British.
There are five Maroon communities in Jamaica. But the Maroons that went back to Sierra Leone via Halifax, in 1800, were from Trelawny (or Cudjoe) Town.Learn more about our Maroons Connection
Merikins of Trinidad & Tobago
The descendants of US Coastal Marines of the War of 1812, were former enslaved African people who fought alongside the British against North America. Some of them were Gullahs. They were taken to Halifax and others did post-war service in Bermuda, before being established as a community in the south of Trinidad and Tobago in 1815–16.
Heroes of the "forgotten war."Learn more about our Merikins Connection
After just over 250 years of separation from their ancestral connections, the Temne tribe of Sierra Leone in West Africa made a historical reconnection with the Temne nation of Carriacou, Grenada, West Indies.
No family reconnection quite this specific has ever happened in the Caribbean before this visit.Learn more about our Carriacou Temnes Connection