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NC - Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Greenway Trail Proposed for Brunswick County

WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - An ambitious project is looking to connect two portions of the East Coast Greenway in Brunswick County while recognizing and promoting the history of the Gullah Geechee people who settled across the southern coastal counties in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida.

It’s called the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Multi-Use Greenway/Blueway Trail, and is being presented by the Brunswick County NAACP. The Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor was first designated in 2006 by an act of Congress.

“...The Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor is a National Heritage Area and 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. John’s County, Florida,” according to the Town of Leland’s upcoming agenda

Now, members of the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Multi-Use Greenway/Blueway Trail project and the Brunswick County NAACP are looking to create a greenway connecting to existing pathways at different ends of the county.

In June, the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners approved a resolution in support of the project, now, the Town of Leland is preparing to offer similar support.

“The proposed Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Multi-Use Greenway/Blueway Trail project would travel from the Town of Navassa into the Town of Leland along South Navassa Road, then travel south along NC 133 towards the City of Southport. The proposed concept of a Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Multi-Use Greenway/Blueway Trail would convey bicycle and pedestrian traffic into the heart of the Leland community, promote physical health, and provide greater bike/ped connectivity in and the surrounding areas,” according to the Town of Leland’s Town Council agenda.

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