We Must Preserve and Protect Gullah Geechee Culture
By Congressman James E. Clyburn

One of my proudest achievements in the Congress was authoring the legislation that established the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor and created a commission to help federal, state, and local authorities manage the Corridor and its assets. It took more than seven years of work to get the bill passed into law, but today the commission is working hard on efforts to preserve and promote the nearly 400-year history of Gullah Geechee culture that is the core purpose of my initiative. The sites, sounds and tastes of Gullah Geechee culture have been slowly vanishing along the coasts of North and South Carolina, Georgia and Florida.

Stories and traditions of this fusion of African and European cultures brought long ago to these shores have been slipping away along with the marsh and sand that are disappearing because of the encroachment of developments and the pressures to assimilate into the "modern" world.

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Commission Meetings

November 6, 2015
St. Simons Island, Georgia

 Partnership Applications

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Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Management Plan

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Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission in 2013 Presidential Inaugural Parade


The Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor (herein referred to as "the Corridor" or "Corridor") was designated by an act of Congress on October 12, 2006 (Public Law 109-338). It was authorized as part of the National Heritage Areas Act of 2006. As a national heritage area, the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor is not part of the national park system; however, the act authorizes the Secretary of the Interior to provide technical and financial assistance for the development and implementation of the management plan.

The Corridor was created to:
  1. Recognize the important contributions made to American culture and history by African Americans known as Gullah Geechee who settled in the coastal counties of South Carolina, Georgia, North Carolina, and Florida.
  2. Assist state and local governments and public and private entities in South Carolina, Georgia, North Carolina, and Florida in interpreting the story of the Gullah Geechee and preserving Gullah Geechee folklore, arts, crafts, and music.
  3. Assist in identifying and preserving sites, historical data, artifacts, and objects associated with the Gullah Geechee for the benefit and education of the public.
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In the words of Executive Director J. Herman Blake (June 18,2015):

 New Yorker June 29, 2015In the completely black darkness of the night and early morning, in the deep recesses of moss-laden oak trees, ponds and lagoons where our ancestors toiled for generations, we drop down—our knees to the cold floor—and we seek understanding, we seek solace, we seek a way out of this “no-way”. Our sobbing voices utter unspoken prayers as we gather in supplication to the spirits  that have brought us this far by faith.

Our hearts are broken, but we know comfort is there.

Our spirits are strong because we know guidance is there.

Our faith is triumphant because we know our beloved community is here.

“Knee-bone, knee-bone, knee-bone, Oh my Lord.”

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 United Nations TV

   International Decade for Persons   of African Descent -
the Gullah Geechee people.

Click here for UN in Action, https://youtu.be/JM2Y7wc51zg

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A Message from the Commission

 Help Us to Let the Light of Gullah Geechee Culture Shine Brightly

The Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor is a unique “Corridor within our nation,” that is, within the U.S.A. The Corridor is federally-legislated and is not to be confused with any other grassroots organizations or entities such as the Gullah/Geechee Nation. Our Congressional support as the only National Heritage Area that promotes the living culture of an African American population distinguishes us from all other organizations. We are pleased for the assistance of the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Foundation 501(c)3 partnering with us to jointly fulfill the Commission’s goals and mission.

Please review our Management Plan an plan fa hep we nyuse ebryting wa dey een dey mek de Corrida shine bright lokka de sun (and plan to help us use everything that is there within the document to make the Corridor shine bright like the sun)!




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