- Associated Press - Friday, June 6, 2014

AWENDAW, S.C. (AP) - The commission working to preserve the culture of sea island slave descendants in four southeastern states is meeting in South Carolina.

Friday’s meeting is the first in which J. Herman Blake of Johns Island will serve as acting executive director of the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission.

One of the agenda items is discussing a proposed electric transmission line that would run from a generating station in Georgetown County through the corridor to McClellanville in Charleston County.

It’s the first time the commission has been asked to review such a project that could have an impact on Gullah-Geechee communities. The culture is known as Gullah in the Carolinas and Geechee in Georgia and Florida.

The corridor runs along the coast from southeastern North Carolina to northeastern Florida.

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