's mission is to preserve and revitalize the Hogg Hummock Community which is located on Sapelo Island, Georgia.

SICARS was founded in 1993 by Hogg Hummock resident and non-resident descendants who wanted to enhance the future of their community by educating all visitors to the island about the history. There will be increased awareness that Sapelo has existed as an African community for more than 208 years. SICARS has over 600 members and continues to grow each year.

Hogg Hummock is the last intact Geechee/Gullah Community in the Sea Islands of Georgia and is comprised of direct descendants of slaves that were brought to Sapelo in 1802. Geechee/Gullah* people still maintain many elements of the unique West African culture, language, and traditions brought over from the "Rice Coast" many other of their ancestors continued on to the isolated Sea Islands from South Carolina to Northern Florida.

The Reality 96% of the island surrounding Hogg Hummock is owned by the state and cannot be purchased for development. This, coupled with the limited access to the community on the island (ferry or private boat), creates an environment that makes community members (who have called Sapelo home for many generations) subject to stress and fracturing from land loss, speculative developers, racism, and lack of job opportunities.

*Geechee is from the Kissi (pronounced Geezee) Tribe in West Africa.

SICARS Board Members
Inez Grovner
Retired Educator, Former Director of McIntosh County Head Start
Phone: (912) 602-3092
Address: P.O. Box 58
Sapelo Island, GA 31327

Maurice Bailey
Address: P.O. Box
Sapelo Island, GA 31327


Dolores Walker
Phone: (912) 485-2273
Address: Sapelo Island, GA 31327

William Banks
Phone: (912) 485-2217
Address: Sapelo Island, GA 31327

Reverend Robbie Dotson

Nathaniel Gilbert
Phone: (912) 437-4123
Address: 1000 C.A. Devillars Street
Darien, GA 31305

Tracy Walker
Phone: (912) 485-2231
Address: Sapelo Island, GA 31327

Karen Grovner Hillery
Medical billing/insurance specialist. Superintendent of Sunday School at First African Baptist Church, Sapelo Island.
Phone: (912) 485-2248
Address: Sapelo Island, GA 31327