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      Meeting of four-state Gullah Geechee panel set

      CONWAY, S.C. - The commission working to preserve the culture of slave descendants on the Southeast coast is holding its quarterly meeting. The Gullah-Geechee Heritage Corridor Commission meets in Conway.

      Friday's agenda includes an update on the corridor management plan and a program under which students from Duke University will be working with the commission on its efforts for 10 weeks this year.

      The culture is known as Gullah in the Carolinas and Geechee in Georgia and Florida.

      The management plan focuses on educating people about the culture, documenting sites important to it and developing economic opportunities for those in the corridor.

      In developing the plan, public meetings were held in all four states and more than 1,000 significant Gullah-Geechee sites were identified.