WHAT IS THE GULLAH GEECHEE CULTURAL HERITAGE CORRIDOR? The Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor is a National Heritage Area. The National Heritage Area program is managed by the U.S. National Park Service. National Heritage Areas are designated by Congress as places where natural, cultural, and historic resources combine to form a cohesive, nationally important landscape. The purpose of the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor NHA is to preserve, share and interpret the history, traditional cultural practices, heritage sites, and natural resources associated with Gullah Geechee people of coastal North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida.
We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization (EIN# 26-3038383). Gifts to to support our work can come in many shapes and sizes, but they all make a difference in our ability to help protect and share the rich history and culture of the Gullah Geechee people. You can find more information about our mission and goals in our strategic Management Plan.
HOW DO WE DO OUR WORK We convene public meetings four times a year to hear from the public about work that is being done to preserve, share and interpret the history, traditional cultural practices, heritage sites, and natural resources associated with Gullah Geechee people. We issue a monthly newsletter that serves as a platform for sharing information from these meetings and about the work that is being done across the Corridor to further these goals. You can read a list of some of our current programs here. Information about upcoming public meetings can be found here. Public meetings help us to identify ways to directly support work at the local level.
Public Education Programs: We regularly mount public programs on Gullah Geechee history and culture at schools, libraries, heritage festivals and other community venues. These programs are free of charge and open to the public. You can find a calendar of upcoming educational programs here. We also partner with schools, library systems, heritage sites, museums and community groups to develop and present programs. We accept speaking engagements related to Gullah Geechee heritage. To request an educational program, speaker or to discuss partnered programs, visit the Contact Us page to submit a request.
Interpretation: We can provide direct, technical assistance to public and private entities engaged in interpreting Gullah Geechee history. We regularly provide interpretive assistance to a range of organizations including museums, visitor/welcome centers, national parks and Gullah Geechee heritage sites. A current example is our partnership with the Charles Pinckney National Historic Site to develop new exhibits for the Snee Farm House and Museum. Please call our Executive Director to request interpretive assistance.
Documentation and Preservation: We welcome the opportunity to partner with public and private entities on projects that involve efforts to document, protect and preserve tangible and intangible Gullah Geechee heritage for the benefit of current and future generations. We regularly serve as a formal stakeholder or consulting party at the request of federal, state and local governments. Please call our Executive Director to request assistance.
Heritage Tourism: We operate the website visitgullahgeechee.com to facilitate tourism and support heritage festivals in the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor. This site also includes an events calendar that lists Gullah Geechee heritage events across the region. To have your site or event added to our tourism portal, visit the Contact Us page to submit a request.
Media and Documentary Film Requests: For general inquiries and media on deadline, call the Executive Director Heather Hodges at 843.818.8457 or visit the Contact Us page to submit a request. We can provide images for news media articles or documentary films. Images are provided in .jpg format suitable for the web, print, or broadcast. Images can be sent via DropBox, email, or on a USB drive. A small gallery of images with descriptions can be found here. If you would like to use our images, please contact our Executive Director and provide the following information: the name of your publication; description of the images you would like to receive; format (size/resolution); preferred delivery method; and intended use of the photographs.