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561-297-3022, lfreed@fau.edu

FAU’s School of Architecture Faculty Lecture Series Presents ‘Preserving an African American Legacy: the Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor’

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL (February 3, 2009) – Ralph Johnson, professor of architecture in Florida Atlantic University’s College of Architecture, Urban and Public Affairs and director of the FAU Center for the Conservation of Architectural and Cultural Heritage, will lecture on ‘Preserving an African American Legacy: the Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor,” as part of FAU’s School of Architecture Faculty Lecture Series. The lecture will take place on Tuesday, February 10 at 6:30 p.m. at the Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art Auditorium, One E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. The lecture is free and open to the public.

The Gullah/Geechees are descendants of enslaved Africans from various ethnic groups of west and central Africa.   Johnson’s address will focus on the preservation of their life ways, traditions, architecture and the arts of this living culture along the coastal “low country” and sea islands, including Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina.

Established by the U.S. secretary of the interior to oversee the development and management of the Gullah-Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor, the National Park Service and the State Historic Preservation named Johnson as one of 15 commissioners for the states of Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina.

The FAU School of Architecture Faculty Lecture Series is a biweekly program featuring its international group of faculty. The 2008-09 “Introspection” series focuses on the design processes employed in the work of these scholars and reflects on the outcome of their research and teaching methods.      

For more information, contact Dr. Ralph Johnson at 954-762-5338 or rbjohnso@fau.edu.

-FAU-

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