“Museum in the Moonlight” at Ships of the Sea

West Broad Street Class of 1950
West Broad Street Class of 1950
Now in its eleventh year, Museum in the Moonlight is Ships of the Sea Museum’s annual free evening open house. The event will be held on Friday, November 10, 2017 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. We like to think of it as Savannah’s most romantic free event, featuring live music (sometimes performed on instruments not often heard in a live setting) by local musicians, an opportunity to stroll through our collection and illuminated gardens and enjoy refreshments in the Scarbrough Garden.

Our theme this year is the West Broad Street School (one of the city’s earliest schools for African American students), which was housed at the Scarbrough House from 1873 –1962. We recently unveiled a permanent text panel commemorating this important element of our history, which will join the Museum’s Georgia Historical Society plaque and our extensive online exhibit on the School http://wendymelton.wixsite.com/west-broad-schoo to complete our long-planned documentation of the history of this important community institution.

In addition to the new panel, we are also displaying all six panels from the initial exhibition of 2011 in the North Garden Assembly Room. Also holding court in the room will be Savannah’s inimitable jazz vocalist Claire Frazier, accompanied by Frank Bright on piano. Claire and Frank have performed here twice before, including the opening of the original exhibition. Claire is a well-traveled vocalist, and Frank a multi-instrumentalist and artist.

We’ll also be screening slide show of the history of the School, and we encourage any former students attending the event to contribute to an on-site videotaping of their own reminiscences to join the video remembrances included in our on line exhibition.

The Sweet Spice Jamaican food truck is parked in our lot providing food for purchase and there is also a cash bar in the North Garden.

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