Contact: Zelda Grant, Administrative Assistant
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Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor
Commission to Meet in Fernandina Beach, FL
February 21, 2014
The four-state Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor will hold its first quarterly business meeting of 2014 on February 21 in Fernandina Beach, Florida, from 9:00 a.m. to1:00 p.m., at the American Beach Community Center, 1600 Julia Street. The public is invited.
The commission meeting will be the first opportunity of the year to acknowledge supporters and hold open discussions with communities to explore how the management plan can be implemented throughout the Gullah Geechee Corridor. Beginning in 2000, many community voices throughout the region were heard that led to the development of the Special Resource Study. Legislation was then sponsored by Congressman James E. Clyburn to establish the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor. In May 2013 Department of the Interior Secretary Sally Jewell officially signed the management plan, the blue print for the commission to form partnerships and projects for the purpose of education, supporting economic development, and creating the means to preserve and document the Gullah Geechee people, history and culture.
Additional meeting highlights will include providing updates on the search for an executive director, encouraging interest in applying for commission vacancies and holding elections for executive committee positions on the commission.
"This is an opportunity for communities to become more involved with implementation of the management plan. The commission still need community support to build the organization that will sustain the culture now and into the future," said acting commission chair Althea Sumpter.
Gullah Geechee Commission Provides Highway Signs to Counties in the Gullah Geechee Corridor to Enhance Heritage Tourism
Charleston, SC: The Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission, in an effort to implement heritage tourism and cultural awareness, is offering complimentary marketing tools to agencies throughout the four-state National Heritage Area. Complimentary informational banners are being offered to National Park Service sites, Welcome Centers, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Centers; and two Way finding highway signs are being offered to each county in coastal communities from Pender County, North Carolina, throughout South Carolina and Georgia to St. Johns County, Florida. The Gullah Geechee Corridor extends about 12,414 square miles.
The highway signs identify the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor by name and logo and have been approved through the Department of Transportation Offices of each state. They will be installed at an entryway and exit within each county along US 17/A1A. Counties may purchase additional highway signs from Interstate Signways for alternate routes to Gullah Geechee communities and sites. Two highway signs currently are installed along Highway 17 in Mt. Pleasant, SC.
Counties within the Gullah Geechee Corridor are: Brunswick, Columbus, New Hanover, and Pender, NC; Beaufort, Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton, Dorchester, Georgetown, Horry, Jasper, Marion, and Williamsburg, SC; Brantley, Bryan, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Long, McIntosh, and Wayne, GA; and Duval, Nassau, and St. Johns, FL.
The Gullah Geechee Corridor’s Management Plan was approved by the Office of the U.S. Secretary of the Interior in May 2013. It identifies three implementation tiers for projects and programs: Education, Documentation and Preservation, and Economic Development. The Gullah Geechee Commission’s next quarterly business meeting will be in Jacksonville, FL on October 4. For more information, visit the Corridor’s website, http://www.gullahgeecheecorridor.org.