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US Rep. Clyburn, key in establishing Gullah corridor, urges leaders not to be discouraged

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CHARLESTON, South Carolina — U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn is urging leaders of the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor in four Southeastern states not to be discouraged.

Clyburn tells The Associated Press that in today's political climate, it will be tough to get resources to support the corridor's goal of preserving the heritage of slave descendants of the sea islands from the Carolinas to Florida.

Clyburn is meeting with the corridor commission at the Penn Center on the South Carolina coast Friday.

He told the AP earlier that what the commission is trying to do will not get universal support.

Clyburn was key in establishing the corridor when he sponsored a bill 15 years ago authorizing a study of Gullah and Geechee resources in the four states.

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