Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission To Meet Aug. 8 in Shallotte-Calabash, North Carolina

Brunswick County, N.C., Communities Will Be Focus of Business Meeting

Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor logoJOHNS ISLAND, SC July 30, 2014 – The four-state Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission will hold its third quarterly business meeting on Friday, August 8, in North Carolina. The public is invited to attend at Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church, 8950 Ocean Highway West, Calabash, North Carolina, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The business meeting will focus on the communities within Brunswick County. Local communities are encouraged to participate in discussion groups to help commissioners learn about their history and the significance of the Gullah Geechee culture in the region. Commission members will be available to answer questions on partnership applications, potential projects and programs as well as to share information on intangible and tangible findings throughout the Gullah Geechee Corridor. The business meeting will include committee updates on the mid-term phase for implementing the Commission’s management plan.

“It is within these small communities where Gullah Geechee culture thrives and we need to hear their stories and concerns,” says Althea Sumpter, Commission chair. “Gullah Geechee cultural retention and the cultural blending with the Cape Fear indigenous population provides a unique perspective to the Gullah Geechee Corridor, similar to the cultural retention and blending that took place in Florida among the Seminoles.”

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Commissioner Charles Hall of Georgia, whose passing July 17, 2014, leaves the Commission bereft at the loss of a charter member of the Commission. “We honor and celebrate his journey, we honor and celebrate his life. We will miss him, but we are ever so grateful and thankful that he walked the path with us,” says Acting Executive Director J. Herman Blake.

To learn more about the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor, the public is invited to visit its web site: