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CFCC Hosts Gullah-Geechee Conference

By Roderick McClain

03-31-11 – Cape Fear Community College will host a conference on Saturday to discuss the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor and traditions of captive peoples brought from West Africa during the trans-Atlantic slave trade.

The corridor, which extends south from Wilmington to Jacksonville, Florida, was designated by Congress in 2006.

Bev Smalls works with Cape Fear Community College. She says Gullah-Geechee culture has passed down through generations a distinct language, needlework, and basket-making.

"We see the sweet grass baskets when we travel in certain communities of South Carolina. Some of those traditions were here along the coast of North Carolina, and we are going to try to get people to be interested in those traits again."

The Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission is currently developing a ten-year management plan for the corridor's preservation.

Learn more about the Gullah-Geechee conference .

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