Newsletter Summer/Fall 2008 Volume 2


The month of October took heritage preservation to a new level as President Bush signed the National Heritage Areas Act of 2006. The law instructed the U.S. Secretary of the Interior to establish a commission that would oversee funding and develop a management plan for the Gullah/ Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor. The Gullah/Geechee culture, named one of the 11 Most Endangered Sites in America by the National Trust of Historic Preservation, consists of a network of communities that stretch along the coastline from northern Florida through Georgia and South Carolina, and into Wilmington, North Carolina. Recognizing the contributions the Gullah/ Geechee communities that inhabit those areas have made to American culture and history, President Bush allocated $1 million per year in funding to preserve and protect the lands and people.

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