First lady Obama suggested for heritage panel

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - A member of a four-state federal commission working to preserve the sea island culture of the Southeast is suggesting first lady Michelle Obama become an honorary member.

The Post and Courier of Charleston reports that the suggestion came Thursday at a meeting of the Gullah-Geechee Heritage Corridor Commission in South Carolina.

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 drafting a preservation plan for the 400-mile-long corridor.

Florida commissioner Ralph Johnson suggested the commission invited the first lady as an honorary member. Mrs. Obama's ancestors lived on Friendfield, a plantation outside Georgetown on the South Carolina coast.

Information from: The Post and Courier,

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