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SOUTHPORT, N.C. — A four-state commission responsible for managing the Gullah/Geechee corridor is holding a quarterly meeting in North Carolina.

The Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission meets Friday at the Southport Senior Center in Southport. The commission will hear reports about how it can preserve, celebrate and educate about the Gullah/Geechee culture in South Carolina, Georgia, Florida and North Carolina.

The commission works to preserve the sea island culture of slave descendants.

The culture known as Geechee in Florida and Georgia and Gullah in the Carolinas is threatened by rapid coastal development. The commission is drafting a preservation plan for the 400-mile-long corridor.