RICEBORO, GA (WTOC) - Jim Bacote passed away yesterday. Civil Rights activist, businessman, artist, preservationist, philanthropist and historian Jim Bacote passed away on Sunday.
Bacote founded the Geechee Kunda Cultural Center and Art Gallery along with his wife Pat in Riceboro, which became the epicenter of Gullah Geechee Culture in the U.S.
Bacote was one of four teenagers who helped to desegregate Jekyll Island. That effort would help to dismantle segregation in GA. He is survived by his wife of 28 years, 2 sons and many other relatives. Bacote was 69 years old.
Funeral arrangements have not been finalized yet.