Telfair Museums Awarded Preservation Grant

Telfair Museums proudly announces a $7,500 grant by the National Trust for Historic Preservation from the Johanna Favrot Fund for Historic Preservation. The grant will be used to aid the funding of the museums’ October symposium, Slavery and Freedom in Savannah.

This highly-competitive grant was awarded to only 11 organizations nationally this year.

“Without organizations like Telfair Museums, communities and towns all across America would have a diminished sense of place,” said Stephanie Meeks, president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

The 3-day symposium and subsequent book have important local, regional and national implications as a contemporary study for the examination of urban slavery and residential settlement in Savannah and the urban antebellum south. They are designed to expand the public’s understanding of American history by presenting the underexplored subject of slavery and freedom in an urban setting, specifically within the physical setting of the Owens-Thomas House and the preserved environment of Savannah’s National Historic Landmark District.

Led by national scholars Dr. Daina Ramey Berry, University of Texas at Austin, and Dr. Leslie M. Harris, Emory University, Slavery and Freedom in Savannah will kick off October 13, 2011, with a keynote lecture by Berry and Harris, at the Second African Baptist Church. A day and a half of lectures about slavery and freedom in Savannah, from the Colonial era through Reconstruction, will follow on October 14 and 15 at Savannah Theater.

Additional funding for the Slavery and Freedom in Savannah symposium comes from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the City of Savannah, with support from Live Oak Libraries and Second African Baptist Church.

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