Preserving history: Plan for Gullah-Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor makes progress

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Plans to preserve the Gullah-Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor are expected to go out for public comment in April.

Living in the Grand Strand region, it is easy to be overwhelmed  and distracted by strip malls, movie theatres, restaurants and other massive development.  At times, we can forget that we live in an area rich with cultural history and tradition.  The management plan to preserve the Gullah-Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor aims to help us remember and appreciate our history.

The Gullah-Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor, which spans from southeastern North Carolina down passed St. Augustine Florida, is home to the Gullah-Geechee community, comprised of descendants of enslaved people.  Plans to preserve this community began in 2000 with South Carolina's own U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn, our first African American representative since Reconstruction. Plans were approved by Congress in 2006 and will likely go out for public comment this April, with final approval by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior predicted for the end of the summer.  

For more information on this plan, please see the Aiken Standard article here.  

To learn more about Gullah-Geechee culture visit Pawley's Island's own
View%20Larger%20Map'>Gullah Museum at 421 Petigru Dr. (844)-235-0747.

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