Gullah-Geechee plan nears submission to officials

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - The management plan for the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor is being prepared for final submission to the National Park Service and the secretary of the interior.

Corridor commission chairman Ron Daise says public comments collected this summer from as far away as California are posted on the commission website.

The 272-page planis designed to help preserve the culture of slave descendants along the Southeast coast. It's been a dozen years in the making,

The culture is known as Gullah in the Carolinas and Geechee in Georgia and Florida. In past years it survived in many areas untouched because of the isolation of the sea islands. But now the culture and many sites important to it are threatened by coastal development.

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