Telling the Story of the Eastside


Foreman Frank Black, far left, and his crew kept the bridges in good repair for the railroad. Courtesy of Doris Blessington Eastside
Foreman Frank Black, far left, and his crew kept the bridges in good repair for the railroad. Courtesy of Doris Blessington Eastside

This new documentation project that explores the history of the Neighborhoods will be released on Thursday, May 19, 2011 by the City of Savannah. The book is entitled Ebb and Flow.

It explores all of the changesiasearchforthe long, intriguing history of Savannah’s Eastside.

The project Ebb and Flow includes a book, a documentary film, a website, an iPhone app, special events and a museum exhibit

Dr. Charles J. Elmore
Dr. Charles J. Elmore
representing the work of a team of dozens of people from photographers to designers and more.

At the helm of this effort is the work of historians, Dr.Martha Keber and Dr. Charles Elmore, along with the project manager Michelle Hunter of the city of Savannah Cultural Affairs Office.

This group worked together on the 2008 release of Low Land High Road, which documented the history

Dr. Martha Keber
Dr. Martha Keber
of neighborhoods on the Westside.

“ Even though there are few miles that separate the city’s Eastside and Westside, the neighborhoods have different characteristics.

They are a part of the same city, but their histories, circumstances and personalities are unique. Many people think history resides downtown, “says Keber.

“There’s a lot of history there, no doubt about it, but there’s a lot of history everywhere in Savannah.”




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