Southeast's Gullah Corridor marks 3 years

CHARLESTON, SC (AP) - The Southeast's Gullah-Geechee Heritage Corridor is marking its third anniversary.

The corridor commission holds its quarterly meeting Friday in Savannah, Ga.

The group is developing a plan to preserve the sea island heritage of slave descendants in four states. The 400-mile corridor, established by Congress in 2006, extends along the Atlantic coast from Wilmington, NC, south to Jacksonville, FL

The sea island culture known as Geechee in Florida and Georgia and Gullah in the Carolinas is threatened by rapid coastal development.

The commission is working on a plan to preserve the culture and recently concluded 21 public hearings. The plan is expected to take about three years to complete.

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