A plan to preserve the sea island culture of slave descendants along Georgia's coast is nearing completion. The culture, known as Gullah in the Carolinas and Geechee in Georiga, has preserved a heritage with its own language and arts. The proposal envisions plans for education, documenting cultural sites and economic development.
Officials with the National Park Service have unveiled their plans for what to do with seven properties. The properties were once private. But now they've come into NPS control. One historic home could become a public education center. But some want to keep it private because they believe NPS can't keep it up.
National Park Service officials say, they won't let people stay in historic homes on Cumberland Island. Leasing the homes is a point of contention at the National Seashore. Wilderness advocates want fewer people living on the island. Historic preservationists, however, worry, the Park Service doesn't have the resources to keep the homes in good condition.
January 1861 was a momentous time for the republic. The nation moved closer to Civil War. In Georgia, the state militia took over Ft. Pulaski in a bloodless handover that preceeded Ft. Sumter by four months.
After four years of planning, the Gullah/Geechee heritage commission met today in Brunswick. The commission under the National Park Service is charged with preserving the culture of slave descendents living on the coast of Georgia, Florida, North and South Carolina.
A historical bridge leading to Fort Pulaski on Tybee Island will soon get much needed repairs thanks to $6 million from the National Park Service. The Federal Highway Administration cited crumbling piles, decay in the wood decking, rusting beams and other problems in a recent report on the bridge off U.S. 80. The bridge was given a C rating by the administration, which means it needs substantial repairs to prevent unsafe conditions.