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Highway 17 gets Gullah Geechee corridor signs

  • Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • Updated Tuesday, January 14, 2014 4:39 pm

Two wayfinding signs recognizing Georgetown County as part of the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor went up on Highway 17 recently. The signs are located on 17 southbound between Brookgreen Gardens and Wesley Road, and on 17 northbound about two miles north of the Santee River bridge.

Provided by the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission, previously chaired by Ron Daise, the signs are an easy way for travelers to quickly identify that they are within the corridor.

Georgetown County Council Chairman Johnny Morant said the signs are “a great marketing tool to alert tourists and residents to the rich Gullah Geechee history and cul-ture that are a part of Georgetown County.”

“Hopefully the signs will be the impetus for other marketing entities to incorporate the Gullah Geechee history into their ongoing efforts to attract tourists to the county,” Morant said. “It is really great that Georgetown County is a part of the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor. The Gullah Geechee culture is an integral part of the history of our county.

“While the Gullah Geechee culture has not received the recognition that some have hoped for, it is important that we educate ourselves and others to the significant contri-bution that the Gullah Geechee people made to the history and culture of America,” he continued.

Designated by Congress in 2006, the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor extends down the eastern coastline from Wilming-ton, N.C., to Jacksonville, Fla. It is home to one of America’s most unique cultures, a tradition first shaped by captive Africans brought to the southern United States from West Africa and continued in later genera-tions by their descendants.

Michael Allen, corridor coordinator said he is pleased to the new signs placed in Georgetown County, as they have been in other counties across four states.

For more information about the corridor and the Gullah Geechee culture, visit www.gullahgeecheecorridor.org.

– From Georgetown County

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