Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Timeline

    2000  

  • The Low Country Gullah Culture Special Resource Study was authorized by Congress.
  • The National Park Service held six initial public scoping meetings.

    2001

  • The National Park Service reviewed and analyzed the public comments.
  • The National Park Service developed preliminary alternatives.

    2002

  • The National Park Service held seven public meetings to discuss the preliminary alternatives.

    2003

  • The National Park Service conducted peer and scholarly reviews of the study document.
  • The National Park Service released the draft special resource study for public review.

    2004

  • Congressman James E. Clyburn introduced a bill to establish the Corridor.
  • The National Trust for Historic Preservation placed the Gullah Geechee Coast on the 2004 list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places.
  • The National Park Service continued development of the special resource study.

    2005  

  • The bill to establish the Corridor was reintroduced in Congress.
  • The National Park Service completed the Low Country Gullah Culture Special Resource Study and Final Environmental Impact Statement.

    2006  

  • In September Congress passed the “Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Act.”
  • In October, the NPS director announced the creation of the Corridor following congressional designation.

    2007  

  • From February through March 2007, Public Meetings were held to introduce the Heritage Area program to Gullah Geechee Communities and to seek nominees for Gullah Geechee Heritage Commission.
  • In May, names were submitted to White House for consideration for the Gullah Geechee Heritage Commission.
  • Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Commission introduced to the Gullah Geechee Community on October 29.

    2008  

  • Initial Commission meeting held at Penn Center on St. Helena Island, SC, on April 21-23. 
  • Commission officers elected on May 19: Chairman, Emory S. Campbell (SC); Vice Chairman, Eulis Willis (NC); Secretary, Jeanne Cyriaque (GA); and Treasurer, Ralph Johnson (FL).
  • Commission contracted with Denver Service Center to develop General Management Plan.
  • Commission began developing Vision, Mission, and Purpose Statements, and Primary Interpretive Themes.

    2009  

  • Commission held 21 Public Meetings throughout the 4-state Corridor and garnered more than 1,500 comments for use in developing the Management Plan.
  • Commission developed Goals, Objectives, and Strategies.

    2010  

  • Develop Goals, Policies, Resource Management Strategies, Partnerships, and Sources of Funding.
  • Develop and Evaluate Preliminary Alternatives.

    2011

  • Prepare Draft Management Plan for review.

    2012

  • Commission approved the Management Plan for public distribution.

Submit Management Plan to Secretary of the Interior for approval.



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