African-American Heritage Self-Guided Tour, Savannah

African-American Heritage Self-Guided Tour, Savannah
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You can follow this self-guided walking tour to explore the attractions listed below. How it works: download the iOS app "Savannah Map and Walks" on iTunes App Store or the Android app "Savannah Map and Walks" on Google Play. The app turns your mobile device into a personal tour guide and its built-in GPS navigation functions guide you from one tour stop to next. The app works offline so no data plan is needed when traveling abroad.

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The majority of the population in Savannah is African-American. They make up approximately 60 percent of the residents of the city. And, of course, their importance in Savannah's history is enormous. They have left a great heritage in culture, politics and art. Don't miss the chance to visit such significant places as the Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum and St. Phillips Monumental AME to learn more about the history of the South!

African-American Heritage Self-Guided Tour Map

Guide Name: African-American Heritage Self-Guided Tour
Guide Location: USA » Savannah (See other walking tours in Savannah)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.5 km
Author: hollyg
The King-Tisdell Cottage

1) The King-Tisdell Cottage

The King-Tisdell Cottage is owned and operated by the King-Tisdell Cottage Foundation. The Cottage serves as an African-American heritage and history museum named after its owners, Eugene and Sarah King, and Sarah King's second husband, Robert Tisdell.

The building is furnished in a style typical of a black residence in the 1890s. The cottage was originally built in another area in 1896 by W.W. Aimar, and features gingerbread-style adornment on the porch in a distinctive wheel and...   view more
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The Beach Institute

2) The Beach Institute

The Beach Institute it owned and operated by the King-Tisdale Cottage Foundation. It was originally constructed in 1867 by the Freedmen's Bureau for the purpose of educating newly freed former slaves. It was named for the editor of The Scientific American, Alfred S. Beach, who was a major donor of the funds used to purchase the plot the Institute sits on.

Initially, the Institute has six hundred students, nine (primarily white) female teachers, and one male principal. The Beach Institute...   view more
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Haitian Memorial Monument

3) Haitian Memorial Monument

During the Revolutionary War, America and France united against the British. When the British occupied Savannah, Georgia, in 1779, the allied America and France launched an attack to take the city back.

A key part of the forces that fought in this attack were Haitians of African descent. After the unsuccessful attack was concluded, many of these soldiers were sent off to fight other battles. Not many returned, and those who did often didn't see their homes until years later. The...   view more
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First Bryan Baptist Church

4) First Bryan Baptist Church

First Bryan Baptist Church has the distinction of being the oldest continually functioning Baptist church for African-Americans. It is based on a congregation that started in 1784, by Andrew Bryan, a member of George Leile's congregation.

The building was designed by John B. Hogg, and built between 1873-1888 on the site of the original church. It features stained glass windows that depict the church's founding members, including its first pastor, Andrew Bryan. Bryan was a Savannah...   view more
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Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum

5) Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum (must see)

Savannah, Georgia, is an area with a rich and fascinating history in the civil rights movement. The Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum is named after Dr. Ralph Mark Gilbert, a major figure in Georgia's civil rights history, and pastor of the First African Baptist Church. In the year 1942, Gilbert organized Savannah's branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, and has been referred to as the “father of Savannah's modern day Civil Rights...   view more
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The Diaspora Marketplace

6) The Diaspora Marketplace

The Diaspora Marketplace is a store that sells wonderful authentic products from Africa, as well as items from the African Diaspora from all around the world. Original art prints, books, jewelry, wood carvings, furniture, musical instruments and much more awaits you at the Diaspora Marketplace.

Hours: Mon - Sat: 10:00 am - 6:00...   view more
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St. Phillips Monumental AME

7) St. Phillips Monumental AME

St. Phillip's Monumental AME Church is the first African Methodist Church in Georgia. The congregation was organized in 1865 by Reverend A.L. Stanford, and was originally called Saint Phillip African Methodist Episcopal Church.

When a storm demolished the original church building in late summer of 1896, the congregation was forced to use the Odd Fellow's Hall until they were able to rebuilt. When it was, a General Conference meeting in 1897 chose to rename the church St....   view more
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Laurel Grove Cemetery

8) Laurel Grove Cemetery

Laurel Grove Cemetery is located in midtown Savannah, on a portion of what used to be the Springfield Plantation, and is an important stop for any visitor interested in Civil War history. It was named for its location, in a lovely grove of native laurel trees, and came into being as other cemeteries in the area began to run out of room.

The cemetery consists of two sections, the original whites-only cemetery, and the area reserved for slaves and free African-Americans. The original burial...   view more
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