Gullah-Geechee Corridor Commission meets in South Carolina

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The four-state commission working to preserve the culture of slave descendants on the sea islands along the nation's southeast coast is meeting in South Carolina.

The Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission meets Saturday in Charleston.

It's the first meeting being led by new chairman Anthony Dixon who is an assistant professor at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Florida.

The corridor is one of almost 50 heritage areas nationwide and was established by Congress a decade ago. Heritage areas are places where natural, cultural, and historic resources combine to tell an important American story.

Known as Gullah in the Carolinas and Geechee in Georgia and Florida, the sea island culture based on farming and fishing has its own creole language, history, cooking and crafts.