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Media Release

Town of Hilton Head Island Invites Citizens to Share Ideas on Preserving Gullah-Geechee Culture and Communities

Release Date: November 8, 2018

Contact Information:
Carolyn Grant email icon , Communications Director, 843-341-4618


Hilton Head Island Gullah-Geechee natives and other local citizens are invited to a strategy-building workshop at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, November 14, to brainstorm ways to protect the island’s Gullah-Geechee culture and communities.

The 2 1/2 - hour workshop will be held at the Northridge Event Venue, 435 William Hilton Parkway, and will be led by consultant Phil Walker, principal of the Walker Collaborative, the firm hired by the Town of Hilton Head to spearhead its Gullah-Geechee preservation project.

At community meetings held with the consultant in September, citizens shared concerns about heirs' property, barriers to developing their land, protecting and educating others about their culture, paying taxes, and navigating codes and policies. "Now, we want citizens to bring their ideas on potential strategies we can use to address concerns together," said Jayme Lopko, a senior planner with the Town. "The consultants will use these ideas to create sustainable solutions for preserving this rich culture."

Town staff and consultants would like attendees to stay for the entire workshop. Heavy hors d'oeuvres will be provided.

Gullah-Geechee culture preservation is one of the Town Council's top priorities. For more information, contact Lopko at 843-341-4695 or jaymel@hiltonheadislandsc.gov.