Gullah-Geechee commission meeting in Georgia

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- The commission overseeing the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor is holding its quarterly meeting.

A meeting is scheduled for Friday in Kingsland, Ga.

The four-state commission recently forwarded to the National Park Service its plan to preserve the culture of slave descendants along the sea islands of the nation's Southeast coast. The 272-page plan had been in the making for a dozen years.

The culture is known as Gullah in the Carolinas and Geechee in Georgia and Florida. In past years it survived in many areas untouched because of the isolation of the sea islands. But now the culture and many sites important to it are threatened by coastal development.