Staff Report for The Island Connection
The Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation has just awarded the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission $95,000. The new funding will be used to help them become better advocates for Gullah Geechee heirs property owners around land ownership preservation and conservation challenges.
They will also invest in their ability to partner with Gullah Geechee communities and heritage sites to systematically grow sustainable, Gullah Geechee heritage tourism in our National Heritage Area.
The Commission thanks the Foundation for their critical, financial support and for partnering to protect the important heritage of the Gullah Geechee people. Through their grant-making and other tools, the Foundation works to strengthen and sustain the communities of the Lowcountry by supporting equitable and inclusive access and engagement with land, art and collections.
The Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor is a federal National Heritage Area. It was established by the U.S. Congress to recognize the unique culture of the Gullah Geechee people who have traditionally resided in the coastal areas and the sea islands of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida — from Pender County, North Carolina, to St. Johns County, Florida.