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Gullah Festival being held on SC coast

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - A three-day Gullah festival is being held in three cities along the South Carolina coast.

The Gullah-Geechee Nation International Music & Movement Festival begins in Charleston with Gullah-Geechee Night during the Charleston Riverdogs game Friday.

An event Friday at the Charleston Maritime Center features artisans, painters and a showing of the documentary "Wilmington on Fire," which chronicles riots that occurred in 1898 in Wilmington, North Carolina.

A 2006 report said white supremacist leaders started the riots to strip political power from black people. At least 14 blacks were killed.

The festival concludes with family events scheduled Sunday in Georgetown and Myrtle Beach.

The festival celebrates the culture of the descendants of sea island slaves. The culture is known as Gullah in the Carolinas and Geechee in Georgia and Florida.

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