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Grant to Fund Gullah Geechee Preservation

NAVASSA – The N.C. Coastal Land Trust and the town of Navassa have received a $25,000 grant to develop plans to conserve Gullah Geechee heritage, the StarNews of Wilmington reported.

Trustees of the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation awarded the grant, which is to go to produce concept plans for a state Gullah Geechee cultural heritage center and to protect lands related to Gullah Geechee history near the town.

Gullah Geechee refers to people from West Africa who were brought to the Southern coast as slaves to work on rice plantations. Congress has designated the strip of coast where they settled, from Wilmington to Jacksonville, Fla., as a national heritage area.

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