Michael Allen, the National Park Service ranger who helped create the Gullah Geechee Heritage Corridor, was honored Tuesday with the Governor’s Award for historic preservation.

Haley presented the award to Allen in Columbia.

Allen of Mount Pleasant has spent years promoting African American history and Gullah Geechee heritage in South Carolina and beyond. His current position is community partnership specialist for the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor.

The National Park Service recently approved the corridor’s management plan, which calls for preservation, interpretation, cultural tourism and economic development of the Gullah culture, which stretches along the coast from southern North Carolina to northern Florida.

Other winners included former Spartanburg Mayor William Barnet III and the Horry County Board of Architectural Review, which sponsored a video contest featuring the county’s historic sites.

The Historic Columbia Foundation was recognized for its year-old Modjeska Simkins scholar-in-residence program, which renovated a three-room building next to the late civil rights leader’s restored home.

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