Kyle Alexander, 20, drives to his construction job working at a new vacation home being built for a couple from the Northeast, in the Hog Hammock community of Sapelo Island, Ga. on Wedn

 

              Kyle Alexander, 20, drives to his construction job working at a new vacation home being built for a couple from the Northeast, in the Hog Hammock community of Sapelo Island, Ga. on Wedn
Kyle Alexander, 20, drives to his construction job working at a new vacation home being built for a couple from the Northeast, in the Hog Hammock community of Sapelo Island, Ga. on Wednesday, May 15, 2013. Alexander is one of roughly 47 residents, most of them descendants of West African slaves known as Geechee, who remain on the coastal Georgia island where their ancestors were brought to work a plantation in the early 1800s. Isolated over time to the Southeast's barrier islands, the Geechee of Georgia and Florida, otherwise known as Gullah in the Carolinas, have retained their African traditions more than other African American communities in the U.S. Once freed, the slaves were able to acquire land and created settlements on the island, of which only the tiny 464-acre Hog Hammock community still exists. Residents say a sudden tax hike, lack of jobs, and development is endangering one of the last remaining Geechee communities from Florida to North Carolina. (AP Photo/David Goldman)