Geechie Boy Mill is transitioning to Marsh Hen Mill three months after the company announced it would change its name.
“After many days of prayer and countless bowls of grits, we are excited to announce our new company name: Marsh Hen Mill,” said Greg Johnsman, who owns the company with his wife Betsy, in a press release.
The company supplies grits, cornmeal and other grains to restaurants in Charleston and around the country. The Johnsmans acquired Geechie Boy Mill in 2003 and kept the name intact. Over the summer, the couple chose to change the name amid criticism that included accusations of cultural appropriation.
In the Lowcountry, Gullah Geechee refers to the people and culture of those descended from enslaved Africans who settled in tight-knit communities along the coast of the Carolinas and into Florida.
According to a press release, the new name is a nod to the couple’s own family history.
“On a trip to her family farm on Wadmalaw he was introduced to the sea islands, rivers, marshes and wildlife … Combining his knowledge of milling from a third-generation miller and her love for farming, the new name reflects their beginnings.”