The King-Tisdell Cottage Foundation will hold its Annual Awards Gala kick-off luncheon for key community and business leaders on Wednesday, July 10, 2013. The luncheon will be held in the Scarborough Room in the Savannah Hyatt Regency Hotel. The Annual Awards Gala is scheduled for Saturday, September 28, 2013, at the Savannah Hyatt Regency Hotel. This event is presented each year as a means of recognizing individuals who have been consistently noteworthy in their work to improve their surroundings in one of several areas. The honorees for the 2013 gala are: Historic Preservation, W. John Mitchell; Fine Arts, Theron “Ike” Carter; Public Service, Rev. Thurmond N. Tillman and Education, Dr. Paul Pressley.
The W.W. Law Legacy award is also given to persons who embody Mr. Law’s selfless dedication and commitment to this community. This year’s honoree will be Mayor Edna B. Jackson.
The King-Tisdell Cottage Foundation was established in 1981 in Savannah under the leadership of historian, preservationist and civil rights activist W.W. Law, to research, collect and present the African-American historical and cultural experience to the public. It endeavors to fill the void of information concerning the contributions of African-Americans, especially in Georgia and the Sea Islands of South Carolina.
Today, the foundation operates the Beach Institute African-American Cultural Center, which houses the internationally recognized Ulysses Davis Folk Art Collection and art artifacts from around the African Diaspora. The Beach Institute Garden and Garden Level area, which houses the Gift Shop, have been renovated and reopened in recent years. The Foundation also operates the King-Tisdell Cottage. The King-Tisdell Cottage, the birthplace of the movement to preserve African American history in Savannah, serves as a museum interpreting black life in the region from slavery to freedom. It also tells the story of two working class families in the early decades of the 20th century and provides information on the life and work of Mr. W. W. Law.
The Annual Awards Gala is also the Foundation’s primary activity for securing funds for operating and personnel support.
The Awards Gala is open to the public and will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Regency
Ballroom on Saturday, September 28th. A reception is planned at 6:30 p.m. in the foyer area of the ballroom. Dress for this occasion is semi-formal. Individual tickets are $75.00. Table and sponsorships are also available.
For more information, please contact Darlene Wilson at the Beach Institute at 912-234-8000.