Gullah/geechee Cultural Heritage Act Amendmentby Representative Earl L. "Buddy" Carter
Posted on 2016-02-24
CARTER of Georgia. Mr. Speaker, I rise today in support of H.R.
3004, which would extend authorization for the Gullah/Geechee Cultural
Heritage Corridor Commission through October of 2021.
The low country and sea islands of our southeastern States, including the First Congressional District of Georgia, are home to some of our Nation's most treasured cultures. One of the most unique is the Gullah/ Geechee people.
Over the past three centuries, the Gullah/Geechee people have developed and preserved their own distinct language and culture that retains many of their African traditions. The Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor was created to recognize the cultural contributions of the Gullah/Geechee and to assist in preserving and interpreting their history, language, folklore, art, and music.
The Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission coordinates with local officials and communities to preserve and honor the Gullah/ Geechee heritage for years to come.
H.R. 3004 would extend the Commission's authorization for an additional 5 years so that they may continue their mission of preserving the valuable contributions of the Gullah/Geechee culture.
I urge my colleagues to support this bill.