National Park Service Ranger Michael A. Allen Retiring-Interpreted Reconstruction Charleston


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Since 1980 National Park Service Ranger Michael A. Allen has been a fixture in Charleston playing a pivotal role in telling the story of African Americans in the region before and after the Civil War. Allen, a Kingstree native who graduated South Carolina State University with a degree in History Education, began his career with the NPS as a Cooperative Education Student. He has served as a Park Ranger, Education Specialist and Community Partnership Specialist for The Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor/Fort Sumter National Monument and Charles Pinckney National Historic sites. Effectively, Allen has been a foremost advocate and promoter of Black History and culture in the region. In December, after nearly 38 years with the park service, he retired.
 

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He played a major role in the National Park Service’s Gullah-Geechee Special Resource Study, which began in 2000. The Gullah-Geechee Special Resource Study examined the feasibility of establishing educational centers as well as determining ways to increase interpretation and preservation of the valuable culture. The final report was presented to Congress in 2005. In 2006 the U.S. Congress through the leadership of Congressman James E. Clyburn, passed the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Act establishing the first and only African American Heritage Area in the country.
 



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