Signs to direct visitors in Gullah Corridor

      By BRUCE SMITHAssociated Press

      CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Signs will soon be going up directing visitors to sites important to the culture of slave descendants along the sea islands of the Southeast.

      The chairman of the Gullah Geechee Heritage Corridor Commission, Ron Daise, tells The Associated Press more than 50 highway signs are being distributed to counties in the corridor reaching from near Jacksonville, N.C., down the coast to south of Jacksonville, Fla.

      In the coming weeks banners designating the corridor will also appear at National Park Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife properties. A new brochure about the corridor is being released as well.

      The culture, known as Gullah in the Carolinas and Geechee in Georgia and Florida, survived for decades because of the isolation of the area's sea islands. Now it's threatened by coastal development.

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