Gullah/Geechee quarterly meeting announced

The Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission (GGCHCC) will hold its quarterly meeting in Savannah, GA, at 9 a.m. on Friday October 23.

The meeting is open to the public and will be held at the Coastal Georgia Center, 305 Fahm Street.

Meeting highlights will include updates of the Corridor’s General Management Plan (GMP) and a report of the 21 public engagement meetings held throughout the Corridor from February to August 2009. The GMP document will outline the Corridor’s development over the next 10 to 15 years.

The meeting marks the 3rd anniversary of the federal enactment of the 4-state Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor. It is s 400-mile National Heritage Area that extends along the coast from Wilmington, NC, to Jacksonville, FL, and recognizes the important contributions made to American culture and history by Africans and African Americans known as Gullah/Geechees in South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, and North Carolina. The meeting also marks the 2nd anniversary of the establishment of the GGCHCC as a body of 15 commissioners and 10 alternate commissioners.

Did You Know?
Established in 1738 as part of the outer defenses of St. Augustine, Gracia Real de Santa Teresa de Mose, or Fort Mose was the first free black settlement in North America. Castillo de San Marcos National Monument, Florida

For more information about the Corridor, contact Michael Allen, NPS Gullah Geechee Coordinator, at 843-881-5516, x12 or visit the Corridor’s website at http://www.nps.gov/guge.

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