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Plan to be Unveiled for Gullah Geechee Corridor

By Rachel Lewis-Hilburn

Wilmington, NC – Leaders of the Gullah Geechee Corridor Commission will unveil their management plan for the corridor at a quarterly meeting Friday in Burgaw.

As WHQR's Rachel Lewis Hilburn reports, the national heritage area - managed by the National Park Service - starts in Pender County, stretches down to Florida, and spreads 30 miles from the coast inland.

The development of a national heritage area - called the Gullah Geechee Corridor - is in the works to commemorate the cultural contributions of a people descended from West Africans - brought to the U.S. as slaves for their expertise in rice cultivation.

Despite arriving as slaves, the Gullah Geechee people saw significant pieces of their culture become part of the modern American landscape.

"All this makes our country so great. You start figuring out why we have stuff like shrimp and grits there are so many aspects of the Gullah Geechee experience that is already American Culture."

Eulis Willis, Mayor of Navassa and Vice Chairman of the Commission says he'd like to see people from all walks of life attend the meeting.

"One of the significant items that's going to be discussed at our Friday meeting in Pender County is the dissemination of the draft of this management plan so that the public can get a look at it and give us their comments and feedback so that we'll have something ready to go hopefully by the end of the year."

Plans include museums, repositories, and educational aspects for kids. The meeting to discuss the management plan - which will act as the blueprint for the corridor - is open to the public and starts at 9 AM at the Middle District Baptist Association Headquarters in Burgaw.

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