Gullah Geechee People of Horry County to welcome new historical - WMBFNews.com, Myrtle Beach/Florence SC, Weather

Gullah Geechee People of Horry County to welcome new historical markers

Source: www.ultimategullah.com Source: www.ultimategullah.com

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - People passing through Highway 17 will notice two new historical and cultural signs on the road.

The Gullah Geechee people of Horry County and members of the Horry County Government will welcome these two historical markers at the South Carolina border entering the county from North Carolina and near Murrells Inlet, at the border between Georgetown and Horry Counties. The purposes of the signs are to let drivers know that they are traveling along the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor. "The presence of these signs today represents a lot of hard work that came before them. The work began in the early 1980s when most of it had to do with raising awareness, telling the story and educating the people," says Veronica D. Gerald, Vice Chairman of the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Commission and English professor at Coastal Carolina University.

The National Heritage Area was created to cross the culture-nature divide and break political boundaries by blending public-private resource conservation, interpretation, and community revitalization. They pay homage to the Gullah Geechee people, their heritage and contributions to the community.

The signs will be recognized at a welcome ceremony on Thursday, June 19, 2014 at the South Carolina Welcome Center on Highway 17 North in Little River at 10 a.m. Those that plan to attend should meet there at 9:30 a.m. Members of the Horry County community, mayors, county and state officials and representatives from neighboring counties are expected to attend," said Sondra Ward, resident of Little River and chair of the Annual Little River Gullah Geechee Heritage Festival.

The corridor includes the coastal regions. It begins in Pender County, North Carolina and continues along Highway 17 to St. Augustine, Florida. This makes Horry County a part of a Heritage Area recognized nationally as number 49 of 49 other cultural designations around the country. In 1984 President Reagan signed legislation to create the first of a new kind of National Park Service (NPS) designation to cross the culture-nature divide and leap political boundaries. "I am always so impressed when I think that this recognition places us right alongside other National Heritage Areas like Niagara Falls," said Gerald.

The signs placed in Horry County are two of almost 100 signs placed along the corridor in North Carolina, Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina.

Copyright 2014 WMBF News. All rights reserved. 

  • Local NewsLocalMore>>

  • BCSO searching for suspect who robbed gas station

    BCSO searching for suspect who robbed gas station

    Saturday, February 17 2018 9:46 PM EST2018-02-18 02:46:19 GMT
    (Source: BCSO)(Source: BCSO)
    BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WMBF) – Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is looking to identify a suspect who robbed a BP gas station Saturday night, according to a release. The suspect robbed the gas station at 5053 Southport-Supply Road in Southport around 8:30 Saturday night. The suspect is described as a white male, approximately 6’0” tall, wearing a short sleeve, dark blue t-shirt, tan pants, and a camouflage beanie. He also has a beard or facial hair.  No ...More >>
    BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WMBF) – Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is looking to identify a suspect who robbed a BP gas station Saturday night, according to a release. The suspect robbed the gas station at 5053 Southport-Supply Road in Southport around 8:30 Saturday night. The suspect is described as a white male, approximately 6’0” tall, wearing a short sleeve, dark blue t-shirt, tan pants, and a camouflage beanie. He also has a beard or facial hair.  No ...More >>
  • CCU holds vigil to honor Florida shooting victims

    CCU holds vigil to honor Florida shooting victims

    Saturday, February 17 2018 9:39 PM EST2018-02-18 02:39:52 GMT
    CCU student light candles and pray (Source WMBF News)CCU student light candles and pray (Source WMBF News)

    Educators of the future are taking a stand, following a vigil held on the camps of Coastal Carolina University honoring the 17 lives lost in a Florida shooting. CCU students Tyler Bealmear and Kaycelyn Laymon have a love and passion for children and education, their hearts broken by the tragedy, but each refusing to let situations like these continue. 

    More >>

    Educators of the future are taking a stand, following a vigil held on the camps of Coastal Carolina University honoring the 17 lives lost in a Florida shooting. CCU students Tyler Bealmear and Kaycelyn Laymon have a love and passion for children and education, their hearts broken by the tragedy, but each refusing to let situations like these continue. 

    More >>
  • Candlelight vigil held at The Market Common to remember Florida school shooting victims

    Candlelight vigil held at The Market Common to remember Florida school shooting victims

    Saturday, February 17 2018 5:31 PM EST2018-02-17 22:31:21 GMT
    (Source: Ian Klein)(Source: Ian Klein)

    A local group is hosting a candlelight vigil Friday night in The Market Common to remember the 17 victims of Wednesday’s school shooting in Parkland, Fla.

    More >>

    A local group is hosting a candlelight vigil Friday night in The Market Common to remember the 17 victims of Wednesday’s school shooting in Parkland, Fla.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly