Gullah-Geechee National Heritage Corridor Announced

Yesterday I attended the announcement of the advisors for the new Gullah-Geechee Heritage Corridor. The Georgia advisors are Jeanne Cyriaque and Charles H. Hall. I will provide bio information about our advisors as soon as I get it. This corridor is significant to the Coastal Georgia / East Coast Greenway in that it lies in the coastal areas of NC, SC, GA and FL, areas traversed by our trail, AND in Georgia the following sites have been identified for potential interpretive centers for the new heritage corridor: In Liberty County – Seabrook Village, Midway and LeConte-Woodmanston Plantation; in McIntosh County – Butler Island, Altamaha National Wildlife Refuge/Rice Plantation State Historic Site; Harris Neck National Wildlife Preserve; Sapelo Island Visitors Center, Meridian; Hog Hammock Community, Sapelo Island; and in Glynn – Harrington School, St. Simons Island, and Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation.

from the National Parks Service:

Director Bomar recently announced the selection of the first commissioners for the Gullah-Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor, one of 37 Congressionally-designated national heritage areas. The corridor celebrates the contributions to American culture and history made by Africans and African-Americans from the Gullah and Geechee communities along the Atlantic coast from Jacksonville, Florida, to Wilmington, North Carolina.Sapelo Island
“The Gullah people have a very rich cultural history, “said Director Bomar. “The National Park Service has conducted a special study to determine ways to preserve this culture, which is threatened by modern development. The rich diversity of our nation certainly includes this unique society and we must preserve this as another of the precious pieces of the cultural mosaic that is America. The NPS looks forward to working with the Commissions members and with the states.”

The commission will manage the area in partnership with the National Park Service and the state historic preservation offices of Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. The commission consists of fifteen members; five cultural resource experts and 10 state representatives. Designated in 2006, the corridor recognizes the rich and distinctive Gullah-Geechee culture that has flavored regional folklore, arts, crafts, food and music.