AFRICAN ART TREASURES
The Savannah African Art Museum holds a collection of over 1,000 objects from West and Central Africa, representing 22 countries and over 130 cultures and ethnic groups. The collection showcases a range of unique ceremonial and spiritual objects from the 19th and 20th centuries made from ceramics, metal, and wood.
Established in 1865 as a school for newly freed slaves, the Beach Institute is Georgia’s oldest still-standing school for blacks. It’s now home to Savannah’s African American Arts Center.
Dating to the 1890s, the King-Tisdell Cottage has served as a cultural museum of African American arts and crafts for more than three decades.
FORTY ACRES AND A MULE
On January 16, 1865, General Sherman issued Special Field Order #15 in a field on the outskirts of Savannah. Shortly thereafter, General Rufus Saxton publicly addressed former slaves and church members at Second African Baptist Church on the provisions of Sherman’s offer, better known as the famous “forty acres and a mule” proclamation. Many years later, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would preach his “I Have A Dream” sermon here, an address he repeated during the famous march on Washington, D.C. in 1963.
A MOVING MONUMENT
The most prominent homage to black history in Savannah, the African American Family Monument is found on River Street, depicting a newly emancipated family of four standing together in an embrace. While the figures are positioned to face both the Savannah River and the west coast of Africa, their modern clothing and the broken chains at their feet symbolize a new beginning in the Americas.