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2007 Gullah Commission Announcement

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Date: October 23, 2007
Contact: Michael Allen, (843) 881-5516 x 12

The National Park Service (NPS) and the State Historic Preservation Officers (SHPO) for the States of Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina are pleased to announce the establishment of the Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission.  A press conference will be held on Monday October 29, 2007 at 10:00 AM in the Mckinley Washington Auditorium located at the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture at the College of Charleston, 125 Bull Street, Charleston SC.

The Secretary of Interior was charged with establishing the Commission to oversee development and management of the new Heritage Corridor.  This Commission includes four individuals nominated by the State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO) of South Carolina and two individuals each nominated by the SHPOs for Florida, Georgia and North Carolina.  Two individuals from South Carolina and one individual each from Florida, Georgia and North Carolina who are recognized experts in historic preservation, anthropology, and folklore were nominated by the National Park Service.
 
The Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor (Heritage Corridor) was designated by Congress in September, 2006, to recognize the important contributions made to American culture and history by Africans and African-Americans who settled in coastal areas of Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina.  The Gullah/Geechee people represent the descendents of enslaved Africans from west and central Africa who were brought to these coastal areas to work plantations.  The Heritage Corridor will preserve and interpret their unique language, arts and crafts, religious beliefs, folklore, rituals and foods.

The cultural resource experts and alternates are:

Commissioner

FL

Antoinette T. Jackson

Alternate

FL

Anthony E. Dixon

Commissioner

GA

Jeanne C. Cyriaque

Alternate

GA

Patricia Barefoot

Commissioner

NC

John H. Haley

Alternate

NC

David B. Frank

Commissioner

SC

Emory Shaw Campbell

Alternate

SC

J. Herman Blake

Commissioner

SC

Marqueta L. Goodwine

Alternate

SC

Nicole Green




The 10 state representatives and alternates nominated by the state historic preservation offices and selected by Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne are:

Commissioner

FL

Glenda Simmons Jenkins

Alternate

FL

William Jefferson

Commissioner

FL

Ralph Johnson

Commissioner

GA

Charles H. Hall

Alternate

GA

Amir Jamal Touré

Commissioner

GA

Althea Natalga Sumpter

Alternate

GA

Deborah L. Mack

Commissioner

NC

Shirlean Spicer

Commissioner

NC

Eulis Alexander Willis

Alternate

NC

Lana Carter

Commissioner

SC

Ronald Daise

Alternate

SC

Danny Cromer

Commissioner

SC

Louise Miller Cohen

Commissioner

SC

William Saunders

Alternate

SC

Veronica D. Gerald

Commissioner

SC

Willie B. Heyward



For additional information regarding this event or the Gullah Geechee Heritage Corridor Commission please call Michael Allen, Educational Specialist at Charles Pinckney NHS at 843-881-5516 ext 12.

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