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The Gullah-Geechee people of Sapelo Island are in a battle for the land of their ancestors. The local government for the area near Savannah, Georgia is requesting nearly a 600% increase in property taxes. Sapelo Island is the final community left of the Gullah-Geechee people in the United States. With the new land values placed on Sapelo, taxes have gone from $600 to $2,300 for one resident. This is a significant increase for a population that is limited by mainland work that must end by the last ferry ride at 5 p.m.

According to the state of Georgia, the properties have been deeply undervalued and have to be assessed at the right level. There are also requests for vacation homes on the island. The state owns nearly all of the land, with the exception of a small section called Hog Hammock where the residents live. There is no retail on Sapelo, only a gas station that’s open two days a week. There is no emergency response system or trash collection on Sapelo.

The lands of Sapelo Island have been home to generations of the Gullah-Geechee people, dating back to the mid-1800’s when their descendants were brought from Africa. Nine generations of relatives from one family have died and lived on the Sapelo lands that many residents are refusing to sell.

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8 thoughts on “Little Known Black History Fact: Sapelo Island

  1. Carolyn Turner on said:

    Maybe some of our wealthy blacks like Oprah and others can save part of the Sapelo Island from the State of Georgia. It would be a shame for the Gullah-Geechee people to be pushed off the land belonging to them just so that Georgia could have it all.

  2. until I looked at the receipt 4 $7684, I did not believe that my sister woz actualy making money part-time on their laptop.. there neighbor has done this less than fourteen months and recently took care of the mortgage on their cottage and bought a top of the range Chevrolet Corvette. More Help………. http://gg.gg/myn3

  3. Honestly on said:

    Filthy greedy cave n!@@ers, it is not enough that they stole us from Mother Africa. Now they want to steal the land on which are ancestors were slaughtered to build. These mayonnaise monkeys should have never been let out of the caves of Europe.

  4. RG Smalls on said:

    That’s truly some Shiggidy; whatever Mr. Big wants he’ll find a way to his way regardless. I agree Greed is powerful.

  5. The same thing is going on in this city where Africian Americans own prime land and Mr. Big has tried everything to take over these folks’ land. Mr. Big has tried to re-zone as Business to raise the land-onwers’ yearly taxes and he’s tried to buy the land for measly sums. However, Mr. Big has been successful and purchasing some of the lands from heirs of the original owners. I think in about five or six years, Mr. Big will own the entire prime land because the elder owners will be in nursing facilities or deceased. The heirs will be lured by $10,000 or $20,000 for their dilapidated homes. Once Greedy McBig gets the land, the value will increase to $300,000 per acre. The original owners would not be able to afford a one-bedroom Condo.

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