Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Timeline
- The Low Country Gullah Culture Special Resource Study was authorized by Congress.
- The National Park Service held six initial public scoping meetings.
- The National Park Service reviewed and analyzed the public comments.
- The National Park Service developed preliminary alternatives.
- The National Park Service held seven public meetings to discuss the preliminary alternatives.
- The National Park Service conducted peer and scholarly reviews of the study document.
- The National Park Service released the draft special resource study for public review.
- Congressman James E. Clyburn introduced a bill to establish the Corridor.
- The National Trust for Historic Preservation placed the Gullah Geechee Coast on the 2004 list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places.
- The National Park Service continued development of the special resource study.
- The bill to establish the Corridor was reintroduced in Congress.
- The National Park Service completed the Low Country Gullah Culture Special Resource Study and Final Environmental Impact Statement.
- In September Congress passed the “Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Act.”
- In October, the NPS director announced the creation of the Corridor following congressional designation.
- From February through March 2007, Public Meetings were held to introduce the Heritage Area program to Gullah Geechee Communities and to seek nominees for Gullah Geechee Heritage Commission.
- In May, names were submitted to White House for consideration for the Gullah Geechee Heritage Commission.
- Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Commission introduced to the Gullah Geechee Community on October 29.
- Initial Commission meeting held at Penn Center on St. Helena Island, SC, on April 21-23.
- Commission officers elected on May 19: Chairman, Emory S. Campbell (SC); Vice Chairman, Eulis Willis (NC); Secretary, Jeanne Cyriaque (GA); and Treasurer, Ralph Johnson (FL).
- Commission contracted with Denver Service Center to develop General Management Plan.
- Commission began developing Vision, Mission, and Purpose Statements, and Primary Interpretive Themes.
- Commission held 21 Public Meetings throughout the 4-state Corridor and garnered more than 1,500 comments for use in developing the Management Plan.
- Commission developed Goals, Objectives, and Strategies.
- Develop Goals, Policies, Resource Management Strategies, Partnerships, and Sources of Funding.
- Develop and Evaluate Preliminary Alternatives.
- Prepare Draft Management Plan for review.
- Commission approved the Management Plan for public distribution.