Gullah Geechee float constructed in St. Matthews

The Gullah Geechee float is being constructed by the Southeastern Float Company in St. Matthews (Brandon Geier/WCIV)

By Sonya

ST. MATTHEWS, S.C. (WCIV) -- There will be a piece of Lowcountry heritage in the Inaugural Parade later this month.{}The Gullah Geechee Corridor will be a part of the line-up.

It's currently a work in progress, but the float that will be driven through the streets of the nation's capital.

"This is very exciting," said Denver Wright, owner of Southeastern Float Company. "Actually I'll be going through the parade."

Wright is one of four people who are designing and building the float in St. Matthews.

"Those guys are doing the woodwork now and once they are finished with the woodwork then we are going to come back with the paper, the blue and white paper, because all that stuff is going to be covered," said Wright.

Once the float is complete it will be folded up and covered for the drive to Washington, D.C.

"Once we get to the Pentagon that's when we got to put everything on because the float will be structured and ready only going to take about 30 minutes at the most and that's just to hang that stuff on,' said Wright.

The artifacts were carefully selected by the float committee.

"These will be artifacts that show the importance of our rice heritage, our arts as well and a picture on one of the signs will be of this management plan and the cover of this document bears one of the paintings of Jonathan Green," said Ronald Daise, chairman of the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor.

And this community feels a special connection to the Obama family.

"We are overjoyed to be in the presence of First Lady Michelle Obama whose heritage and culture in aligned with ours," said Daise. "Her ancestors lived on Friendfield Plantation here in Georgetown County and we are humbled for this unique opportunity to showcase our heritage, our culture, and our history to the world community."

The corridor hopes that having a presence in the parade will help preserve the Gullah Geechee culture by generating interest.

The float will leave St. Matthews for the parade on Jan. 19.