The Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission (GGCHC), in partnership with The National Park Service (NPS) and the State Historic Preservation Officers (SHPO) for the states of Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina, is accepting nominations for the Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission (Commission) until Dec. 31, 2010.
The Secretary of Interior will consider these nominations for appointment to the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission (http://www.nps.gov/guge).
The Secretary of Interior is charged with establishing and maintaining the commission to oversee development and implementation of a soon-to-be-released management plan for this new Cultural Heritage Corridor. Since 2007 this commission has included experts in the fields of historic preservation, anthropology, folklore or a related field, and grass roots community organizers. These individuals should be Gullah/Geechee experts; representatives of agencies or organizations interested in the preservation of this culture; or interested citizens.
To pursue nomination to one of these positions, provide a short biography or resume, and examples of work in the Gullah/Geechee community; mail, e-mail or fax this to NPS Community Partnership Specialist Michael Allen by 5 p.m. on Dec. 31 to receive consideration. Each biography must contain the nominee’s full name, social security number, address, home telephone number and place of employment.
Vacancies currently exist in the following states and positions: North Carolina – 1 Alternate; Georgia -1 Expert, 2 Alternatives; and Florida - 2 Alternatives. South Carolina has no vacancies.
The Gullah/Geechee Cultural 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 on plantations. The Heritage Corridor will preserve celebrate, and interpret their unique language, historic sites, land, arts, crafts, religious beliefs, folklore, rituals and foods.
In North Carolina the corridor runs through all of Brunswick and New Hanover counties, most of Pender County and part of Columbus County.
Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission Inc.
Sullivan's Island, S.C.
Phone: (843) 881-5516 x. 12 Visit the website at http://www.nps.gov/guge
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