The Gullah culture is a well-known part of South Carolina's history. What's less familiar is North Carolina's claim to the distinctive way of life.
The Gullah or Geechee culture was forged by West Africans who
were brought to the Carolina coast as slaves. They brought traditions of language, food and crafts that their descendants maintain today.
Historians say little of that culture remains in New Hanover and Brunswick counties. But the federal government wants to highlight the connection by including the counties in a preservation corridor that will stretch from North Carolina to Florida.
A 15-member commission is being organized to oversee $10 million over 10 years for the project. The corridor will set up exhibits and programs in North and South Carolina, Georgia and Florida.
It will also protect and restore historic sites, and take other steps to preserve and celebrate Gullah history.