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Two reasons for many to be celebrating this weekend: It’s the start of a brand new year…and Downton Abbey kicks off its sixth season Sunday night on PBS television stations! OK, yes, this is the final season of Downton, and many devoted fans are already mourning the loss, but for the next two months, all of your favorites, from Carson to Lady Mary, the dowager countess and, of course the long-suffering Bates and his bride Anna will keep you company on Sunday nights.

Staff Favorites: Celeste Headlee

Jan 1, 2016

Celeste Headlee wraps up this week of staff favorites with her own picks: writers Salman Rushdie and Peter Golden, opera singer Jamie Barton, and a team GPS race through Atlanta's rush hour traffic.

Gullah Geechee File Suit To Stay On Sapelo Island

Dec 9, 2015
Sam Whitehead / GPB

Members of Sapelo Island’s Gullah Geechee community are suing local and state governments for practices they say are threatening their ability to live on land they've called home for generations.

Reed Colfax is an attorney representing the group and says many are descendants of slaves.

“When those slaves were freed after the Civil War, many started creating their own communities, had their own lives,” he says. “It was an extraordinary thing, and it's being ignored now.”

 

Hamilton Jordan, His Life and Legacy!

Oct 10, 2015

I arrived in Georgia two years after Jimmy Carter left the White House, and so, never got to know the group known somewhat disparagingly by Washington insiders as “The Georgia Mafia” while they were in power. But I did become familiar with and a friend of a number of them in their post-Carter years.

Gabrielle Ware / GPB

Daufuskie island's population peaked in the 1940s with more than a thousand residents, mostly descendants of freed slaves brought to the coast to harvest rice and sea cotton.

Today, this quiet community has less than 100 people and is nestled between Savannah, Georgia and Hilton Head, South Carolina. Once, Daufuskie Island was a home to Gullah people from all over the low country but when Daufuskie Island's booming oyster industry came to an end in the 1950’s after the beds were poisoned by pollution in the Savannah River, the population began to dwindle.

When it rains on Sapelo Island, it doesn’t take long for the roads to turn into mud according to Gullah resident Stacey Grovner.

“Back in March we had a torrential downpour over a week long period; we got over 11 inches of rain over one week. The roads were like soup.”

  Sapelo Island, Georgia is a coastal community with rich wildlife, an enviable coastline and towering moss draped trees. It’s no wonder many choose the location for vacations and second homes.

What you may not know is the island is also home to the last intact Gullah Geechee community.

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