Historical Markers To Be Unveiled In Southside Savannah

Markers Highlight African-American Settlers Of White Bluff And Coffee Bluff

A ceremony will be held Friday, February 22, to unveil one of four new historical markers in the White Bluff and Coffee Bluff area. The event will begin at 10:15 a.m. at the Crusader Center, 81 Coffee Bluff Villa Road, and is being celebrated as part of the Savannah Black Heritage Festival. The festival is presented by Savannah State University and the City of Savannah.

The markers identify four public waterways that were used by freed slaves during the nineteenth century. They settled in the area after leaving plantations on the nearby St. Catherine’s,

Sapelo and Ossabaw islands.

History of these settlers, many who made a living fishing or crab picking, is outlined in the 1940 publication, Drums and Shadows. The book interviewed dozens of local African Americans, including those in this area, as part of the Georgia Writers Project and the Works Progress Administration. Benjamin Hubert, third president of Savannah State University (SSU), is thanked in the acknowledgments.

All are invited to attend the free program celebrating Gullah/Geechee history culture.

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