Public sees plan to preserve sea island culture


MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (AP) — Parts of a plan to preserve the culture of slave descendants along the nation’s Southeast coast have been unveiled.

The management plan for the Gullah-Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor reaching from southeastern North Carolina to just past St. Augustine, Fla., has been in the making a dozen years. It was previewed at a Friday meeting in Mount Pleasant.

The culture is based on farming and fishing with, among other things, its own creole language, history, cooking and crafts such as weaving sweetgrass baskets.

The plan envisions roads to direct people to Gullah and Geechee sites and focuses on education, preservation of sites and developing economic opportunities.

Renowned artist Jonathan Green told the corridor commission there also needs to be an emphasis on art to help preserve the culture.

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