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Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor


North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida
http://www.nps.gov/guge

Innovative Preservation, Education, Interpretation, and Awareness through Collaboration

The Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor is unique among the existing 49 national heritage areas in that it focuses on a distinct African American population, a living group of people with a deeply rooted, yet evolving culture. Its uniqueness is also rooted in the fact that it traverses all of the coastline of South Carolina and Georgia and portions of the coastline on North Carolina and Florida. No other existing national heritage area includes land in four states or solely focuses on the resident population. Gullah/Geechee people survived the Middle Passage to America as enslaved Africans who were captured primarily from the rice-producing regions of West Africa. In the United States, they lived in relative isolation on the Sea Islands and in coastal communities, while working on vast plantations in semi-tropical conditions. Because of their isolation, they were able to maintain the Gullah/Geechee language, traditions, arts, crafts, and resources that have so strongly influenced the American cultural fabricThe future success of the corridor is tied to the continued involvement of residents and stakeholders. Continue to visit www.nps.gov/guge for updated information about the project. In addition, feel free to contact Michael Allen, NPS Community Partnership Specialist at Michael_Allen@nps.gov or (843) 881-5516 with any questions or ideas about how you or organization might be able to assist the commission in ensuring the Gullah/Geechee culture is preserved and interpreted.

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