Eight Savannah cultural organizations and sites are collaborating to honor the community’s African American history in celebration of the recent opening of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC). Lift Every Voice: Savannah’s African American Historic Sites Free Day will take place on Sunday, August 20 from 12- 4pm, offering visitors free admission.
The participating establishments are: Beach Institute, in partnership with the City of Savannah’s Research Library and Municipal Archives; Davenport House Museum; Georgia Historical Society; Georgia State Railroad Museum; Ossabaw Island Foundation; Pin Point Heritage Museum; and Telfair Museums’ Owens-Thomas House. Programs at each site will focus on African American history connections and will include a variety of activities for guests of all ages.
Residents and tourists will also have the opportunity to learn more about preservation, historic interpretation, and archiving. Several of the locations, including the Owens-Thomas House and Davenport House Museum, are undergoing reinterpretation projects that will further explore the history of the African Americans related to their historic properties. Patrons can learn more about these upcoming projects during the event on August 20. Lift Every Voice, whose name comes from the popular song of the same name by James Weldon Johnson, is a global initiative that encourages partners, organizations, and individuals who study, love, or support African American history and culture to join NMAAHC in their inaugural year celebration.
“Savannah has begun to make strides in presenting a more inclusive and nuanced history.” Says Telfair Museums Curator of History and Decorative Arts and event organizer, Shannon Browning-Mullis. “We’re excited to come together with other local, national, and international institutions to highlight and honor this rich part of our past, through engaging tours and activities, at our respective properties.”
For more information visit telfair.org/ event/lift-every-voice-african american-history-savannah/.