NAVASSA, N.C. (AP) — A group that conserves land in coastal North Carolina is working with residents to save a landmark that’s part of the Gullah-Geechee heritage.
The land trust paid for a tarp over the chapel’s roof. It’s also helping the Cedar Hill-West Bank Heritage Foundation acquire the title to the now-abandoned church and renovate it.
Descendants of enslaved people known as Gullah, or Geechee in Georgia, live in small island communities scattered over 425 miles of coast, from North Carolina to Florida. Their ancestors worked on plantations until freed by the Civil War.
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