2016 Black Heritage Festival Honorees


Honorees for the 27th Annual Savannah Black Heritage Festival are true to this year’s theme: “Reflections of a Proud Legacy.” They each are beneficiaries of a proud legacy, and as a result, have dedicated their life’s works to creating a living legacy in this city. The 2016 Honorees are Eileen Baker, Director of Cultural Affairs, City of Savannah (Cultural Arts Trailblazer); Edna Branch Jackson, Former Savannah Mayor (Public Servant and Community Advocate); and

being recognized for Preservation of Savannah’s African American History are Johnny Brown, Owner/Operator, Freedom Trail Tours; Vaughnette Goode-Walker, Director, Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum, Historian, Author and Owner/ Operator, The Footprints of Savannah Walking Tour; and Jamal Toure, J.D., Owner/Operator, Day Clean Journeys.

Honorees will be recognized and introduced during the opening of the Lula Washington Dance Theatre performance, Friday, February 5, 2016, 7:30 p.m., in the Johnny Mercer Theatre, Savannah Civic Center.

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