Juneteenth or June 19th is a powerful day in American history dating back to June 19, 1865, when Union soldiers led by Major General Gordon Granger rode into Galveston Texas, and informed those still enslaved in Texas that they were now free. Black people weren’t really free it was merely announced as it had been announced two years before in other parts of the county. Whites resorted to backlashing against the formerly enslaved through all means of violence. However, none of these measures kept Blacks from celebrating this new-found freedom. The first public Juneteenth event took place in 1866. They read the Emancipation Proclamation, sang spirituals, and played games. The emancipated men and women took their celebration wherever they went. By the twentieth century, Jim Crow Laws were so rampant freedom did not have the meaning held earlier. Consequently, the Juneteenth celebrations did not happen as often. Undaunted, the fight for freedom continued among the people. By the 1960s freedom marches and sit-ins breathed new life into the celebration. In 1980 Texas recognized Juneteenth as a state holiday and in 1990 Congress recognized it as Juneteenth Independence Day. In 2020 we enter an era of protest and unrest, realizing that it has been over 150 years since the first Juneteenth celebration and our ancestor's dreams are still unrealized. with all that is going on in the country let’s take this day to think about making this year the true meaning of freedom, the true meaning of Juneteenth for black people in this nation.
Juneteenth A Day of Liberation.
“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars
to change the world.” Harriet Tubman
Come spend a little time exploring Savannah's best museum's for African-American and Gullah-Geechee Heritage
The Beach Institute African American Cultural Center
Winner of the 2016 Governor's Award for the Arts & Humanities of Georgia
The Beach Institute was founded in 1865 during Reconstruction as the first official school for African-Americans in Savannah, GA. Today, the original historic building is home to the Beach Institute African-American Cultural Center, Savannah's flagship organization for African-American arts, history, and historic preservation.
502 E Harris Street
Savannah, GA 31401
King-Tisdell Cottage | Historic Site and Artifacts Gallery
Built in 1896 dedicated to preserving the history and culture of African-Americans in Savannah.
Built in 1896, this Victorian-styled cottage was home to Sara King and Robert Tisdell, members of Savannah's vibrant African-American entrepreneurial class at the turn of the century. Today, the restored cottage is devoted to aspects of Savannah's African-American history.
Come explore historic artifacts and maps of Savannah's
514 E Huntingdon St
Savannah, GA 31401
The goal of the GRSC is to collect family stories that will broaden our understanding of the Black family search for home across the Atlantic world, beginning right here in Savannah. Share your research or learn about managing your genealogy projects.
502 E Harris Street
Savannah, GA 31401
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Closed for the following Holidays: New Year’s Eve New Year’s Day (Day after New Year’s Day) Martin Luther King, Jr. Day St. Patrick’s Day Observance July 4th Labor Day Thanksgiving Day After Thanksgiving Christmas Eve Christmas Day Closed to the Public when Private Events are held at either museum. Closed when severe weather conditions occurs (T-Storms ,etc are indicate by the national weather systems as a severe warning). Closed when events are held in the City of Savannah or City Limits that required streets closing (marathons, parades and so on). Mobility Access: All galleries at the Beach Institute are wheelchair accessible. Accessible Entrance and Parking: The wheelchair entrance is located in the garden entrance of the Beach Institute from Price Street Lane. There are accessible parking spaces immediately outside the wheelchair entrance located directly behind the museum on the Price Street Lane. An elevator provides access to the upstairs galleries. Accessible Programs: The museums offer programs by appointment for audiences with special needs. Each year, the museums schedule visits for non-profit organizations serving senior and individuals with disabilities. For more information or to request a visit, please call 912.335.8868 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Sketching: Sketching is permitted in the galleries (pencil only, no ink or paint) with sketchbooks no larger than 8 1/2 x 11 inches (21.6 x 27.9 cm). No easels, stools, or sketching while sitting on the floor is permitted. If galleries are crowded, staff may ask visitors to stop sketching or writing. Photography for Studio Projects or Class Assignments: All Visitors must obtain and signs a onetime image-usage permission form from museum staff. And visitors must also provide museum staff with official documentation concerning the Studio Project or Class Assignment while visiting the museums. Still photography and video taken from a handheld device are permitted for personal, noncommercial use. The camera must be at least three (3) feet from the work of art. Flash photography, tripods, additional lights and extension cords are not allowed. Additional Guidelines: • No Touching. Visitors must at all times remain at least two feet away from all artworks and must not touch any paintings, sculptures, books, foyer furniture, or displays. • No Photographs. Visitors are not permitted to take any photographs inside the Museums at any time for any reason. This includes cell phone cameras and video recording devices of any kind. • No Food or Beverage. No food or beverages are permitted inside the Museums. • No Smoking. Smoking is not permitted anywhere inside the Museums or immediately outside the entrance. • No Firearms. Firearms are not permitted in the Museums. • No Pets. Pets are not permitted in the Museum, except service dogs for the disabled. • No Cellular Phones. All cellular phones and other electric devices must be turned off or put on vibrate before touring the museums. • Strollers: Baby strollers are welcome. • Children. All children must be supervised at all times by their accompanying adults. (Due to the fragile nature of the collection and the intimate environment in the galleries, children under the age of 8 must be supervised at all time while inside of the museums, and children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by at least one adult for every four children).
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