CFCC Continuing Education Department to Sponsor Gullah-Geechee Conference

CFCC Continuing Education Department to Sponsor Gullah-Geechee Conference

WILMINGTON – Cape Fear Community College will host a conference to discuss the future of the Gullah-Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor, which runs throughout the coastal communities of the southern United States.

Designated by Congress in 2006, the Gullah-Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor extends from Wilmington, N.C. to Jacksonville, Fl. It is home to one of America’s most unique cultures, a tradition first shaped by captive Africans brought to the southern United States from West Africa and continued in later generations by their descendents.

The event will be held on Saturday, April 2  from 10:30 A.M. – 3:30 P.M. at the New Hanover County Community Action Peabody School John H. McKoy Auditorium at 507N. 6th Street (Fifth St. Entrance).

Featured speakers include:

  • N.C. Division of Historic Sites Curator of Multi-Cultural Initiatives Michelle Lanier
  • Dr. Veronica Gerald, a professor of English at Coastal Carolina University. Dr. Gerald has consulted with S.C. tourism agencies to incorporate information about Gullah Culture into Grand Strand tourism promotions. Gerald is an expert on “Gullah,” the African-American Culture that developed along the Carolina, Georgia, and Florida coastlines during the past three Centuries. Dr. Gerald has worked with Chamber of Commerce officials to provide appropriate information about Gullah History and Culture for regional marketing efforts.
  • Vermelle Rodrigues, a quilter and Gullah Lorist, who created the Michelle Obama Quilt for the Historical Society of Washington, D.C.
  • Attorney Andrew Rodrigues
  • “Miss Vera” Manigault, a South Carolina Sweetgrass Basket Weaver

Following the speakers, attendees will break up into small groups for related discussions.

Admission is free.  A shrimp and grits lunch will be provided for $5. The program is sponsored by a grant from the CFCC Foundation, Inc. To Pre-register and receive additional details contact Beverly Smalls at or  (910) 362-7199.