Posted by: Ashley | July 26, 2012

Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Management Plan Available for Public Review

[This blog post comes from a Dept. of Cultural Resources press release – you can find other news related to NC Cultural Resources here.]

Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Management Plan Available for Public Review

SULLIVANS ISLAND, S.C. – The Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission‘s Management Plan is available for public review and comment through Aug. 17, 2012.  Management plan copies can be viewed electronically at libraries throughout the Corridor.

The long-awaited document is 272- pages, with a CD of appendices.  It provides a description of Gullah Geechee people and culture and a brief historical overview. The plan highlights examples of important cultural resources throughout the corridor, summarizes its natural resources, discusses land ownership and land cover, and briefly touches on the socioeconomic conditions within the corridor.  It provides a basic level of information about the corridor to facilitate a better understanding of the future implementation that is outlined in the management approach.  The commission’s implementation theme is “Enlighten and Empower Gullah Geechee People to Sustain the Culture.”

In North Carolina the corridor runs through all of Brunswick and New Hanover counties, most of Pender County and part of Columbus County.  The Office of Archives and History within the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources is a supporter of the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor initiative.

“The department has worked with local stakeholders such as the Gullah Geechee Caucus in Wilmington and hosted commissioners and visitors at historic sites such as Brunswick Town/Ft. Anderson and Ft. Fisher,” said Michelle Lanier, acting director of the N.C. African American Heritage Commission.  She encourages North Carolinians to provide feedback on the plan.

“This very significant document was produced as a collective effort by the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Commission and National Park Service (NPS) partnership since 2007,” said Ronald Daise, commission chairman.  “We commissioners are very proud of the Management Plan’s development and are confident it will intrigue the public, stakeholders, prospective partners, and Gullah Geechee community and grassroots organizations.”

Written comments may be submitted by visiting the website of the NPS PEPC (Planning, Environment and Public Comment) or mailing: Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission, c/o Commission Chairman, 1214 Middle Street, Sullivan’s Island, SC 29482.  Information also is available on the commission’s website.

About the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources

The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources annually serves more than 19 million people through its 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, the nation’s first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the N.C. Arts Council, and the State Archives.

Cultural Resources champions North Carolina’s creative industry, which employs nearly 300,000 North Carolinians and contributes more than $41 billion to the state’s economy.

To learn more, visit www.ncdcr.gov.

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