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Gullah Geechee Commission meets in Florida

October 4, 2013
Associated Press

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The commission working to preserve the culture of sea island slave descendants in four southeastern states is meeting in Florida.

The Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission meets in Jacksonville on Friday.

The panel, which is based in Charleston, will discuss its management plan and get an update on the search for its first executive director. The commission announced in August it is seeking an executive to help oversee the work of the agency.

The management plan was more than a dozen years in the making and received final approval from the U.S. Department of the Interior in May.

The culture is known as Gullah in the Carolinas and Geechee in Georgia and Florida. The corridor reaches along the coast from Jacksonville, N.C., to just south of Jacksonville.



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