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Sweetgrass Festival

When: Fri., June 5, 3-8 p.m. and Sat., June 6, 12-8 p.m. 2009

There are few points of cultural heritage in the world which the Lowcountry can claim as its own. The Civil War? Nope, sorry. Big, old plantations and merchant houses sprinkled with palmetto trees? Try again. But the Gullah/Geechee culture is something which the Lowcountry can be proud of. In order to honor and preserve it appropriately, however, the Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor needs our input as to how to make it happen. Established by Congress in 2006, the Heritage Corridor, which represents the areas of Gullah culture from the coasts of N.C. to Fla., was created to recognize the importance of the Gullah/Geechee culture and contributions of its African and African-American founders and to assist on federal, state, and local levels the identification, interpretation, and preservation of all things Gullah. The Commission of the Corridor is developing a 10-year management plan, and they want the public’s help developing its vision, mission, and purpose. “Participation by the public is crucial to the success of this important planning effort,” says Emory Campbell, chairman of the commission. “We want the public to tell us what they think and how they would like to see their resources, arts, and traditions preserved, interpreted, and managed in the future.” A meeting will be held during the Sweetgrass Cultural Arts Festival in Mt. Pleasant this Friday to open up discussion, so if you care about the Lowcountry’s cultural heritage and its preservation, now’s your opportunity to show it. —Hadley Lyman


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