JOHNS ISLAND, S.C. - The commission working to preserve the culture of sea island slave descendants in four southeastern states is holding its quarterly meeting in North Carolina.

The Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission meets Friday in Calabash. The culture is known as Gullah in the Carolinas and Geechee in Georgia and Florida.

Friday's meeting will focus on the history of Gullah communities in Brunswick County, North Carolina. In addition, there will be discussion of implementing the management plan for the corridor that reaches from near Jacksonville, North Carolina to south of Jacksonville, Florida.

The plan was more than a dozen years in the making and received final approval from the U.S. Department of the Interior last year.