A plan for an historic South Carolina culture that was years in the making has been released for public comment until August 17 of this year. Read Gullah Geechee National Corridor Management Plan document
Ron Daise, chairman of the corridor’s commission, says the plan is a “way forward” for a unique people, agriculture and handicraft industry that faces increasing threats from real estate development, diminishing natural resources and even the disregard of its own descendants. Read previous story, background on corridor plan.
The Gullah Geechee Corridor is the only National Heritage Area in the U.S. Parks Service that focuses on a select African American population. The distinction was established by federal legislation in 2006. Gullah and Geechee people are descendants of West African slaves who remained in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida. They speak a distinctive English-based creole language and are known for sweetgrass basket weaving and culinary traditions that have been passed down through generations.