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Easy Trip: African-American Heritage Tour

 

Our Recommendations for a full weekend in Savannah

focused on the African American Experience -

and the origin of "40 acres and a mule"*

 

What Where Why
Orientation Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum the place to begin for an overview of more recent history of African Americans
Church tour

First African Baptist Church

Second African Baptist Church

Bryan Street Baptist Church

St. Phillips Memorial AME

The earliest institutions created in the New World by African- Americans
Lunch

Mom & Nicki's

Geneva's

Wall's BBQ

Places with a big heart and great food
Shopping for art Diaspora Marketplace African crafts collected from around the world
Cemetery tour Laurel Grove-South Cemetery Burials from the time of slavery up to today
Guided Tour The Negro Heritage Trail Tour Visit the Beach Institute and the King Tisdale Cottage
Dinner

Geneva's

Open until 10 pm.
Sunday Church Gospel Music

St. John's Baptist Church

Bryan St. Baptist Church

Outstanding choirs and voices
Haitian Troops  Monument Haitian troops fighting for our independence from England in the Siege of Savannah are recognized by a monument in Franklin Square

 

*In 1865 General Sherman in command of the Union forces occupying Savannah met with the newly freed slaves to determine what they needed to sustain themselves.  Their response was that they had three needs - land, a mule to work the land with, and the protection from retributions they feared from the whites.  General William T. Sherman and Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton met with 20 Black community leaders of Savannah, Georgia. Based in part to their input, Gen. Sherman issued Special Field Order #15 on January 16, 1865, setting aside the Sea Islands and a 30 mile inland tract of land along the southern coast of Charleston for the exclusive settlement of Blacks. The Green-Meldin house on Madison Square (Bull St.) is where General Sherman signed Special Field Order #15 which stipulated that each family would receive 40 acres of land and an army mule to work the land, thus "forty acres and a mule." Gen. Rufus Saxton was assigned by Sherman to implement the Order. On a national level, this and other land, confiscated and abandoned, became the jurisdiction of the Freedman's Bureau, which was headed by Gen. Oliver Otis Howard (Howard University).

Google "40 acres and a mule" and you will find much more on the meaning of this saying.