Cultural Heritage Panel to Focus on Florida Geechee Communities

JOHNS ISLAND, SC, January 30, 2015 –The four-state Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission will hold its first quarterly business meeting for 2015 on Friday, February 13, 2015, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Maritime Room of First Coast Technical College Conference Center, 2980 Collins Ave., St. Augustine, Fla.

The business meeting will focus on the communities in St. Johns County and surrounding areas. Local communities are encouraged to participate in discussion groups to help commissioners learn about their history and the significance of the Gullah Geechee culture in the region. Commission members will be available to answer questions on partnership applications, potential projects and programs as well as to share information on intangible and tangible findings throughout the Gullah Geechee Corridor. The business meeting will include committee updates on the mid-term phase for implementing the Commission’s management plan.

“It will be an exciting time to introduce Dr. J. Herman Blake now as the Executive Director of the Administrative Office for the Commission. The Gullah Geechee Corridor continues to grow in its mission of education, economic development and preservation and documentation of the Gullah Geechee culture,” said Chair Althea Sumpter.

Additional meeting highlights will include updates on the role of the commission as advocates in support of heritage areas throughout the country. As one of 49 heritage areas, the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor has been able to provide leadership in garnering public support in recognizing what heritage areas can bring to local communities.

To learn more about the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor, the public is invited to visit its web site:

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