In 2016, the National Archives collaborated with the Merikin Heritage Foundation to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the arrival of the Colonial Marines in Moruga and environs. An exhibition entitled "Celebrating the Merikins: Our Heritage, Our Faith, Our Future" was launched and NATT committed to start and build a Merikin Collection of archival records, books, videos and other information resources.
The Merikin Collection is an artificial collection drawn from diverse sources and comprise archival records, unpublished and published works, video recordings, photographs and ephemera documenting the Merikin community. Information on the Merikins’ experience in the United States prior to their arrival, as well as linkages with the Gullah-Geechee community, descendants of enslaved Africans who lived in the US states of Georgia and South Carolina, areas where some of the Merikins were formerly enslaved, are included.
Efforts to expand the collection are ongoing as more information becomes available.
Guide to the Merikin Collection