Panel in SC to discuss Southeast island heritage

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Members of a four-state federal commission meet in South Carolina to discuss preserving the sea island heritage of the Southeast coast.

The Gullah-Geechee Heritage Corridor Commission holds its quarterly meeting on Thursday at the Avery Center at the College of Charleston.

The group is developing a plan to preserve the sea island heritage of slave descendants in four states.

The 400-mile corridor was established by Congress in 2006 and extends from Wilmington, N.C., south to Jacksonville, Fla.

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

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