Submitted by: Abshire Public Relations
SAVANNAH, Ga. – Historic Savannah Foundation (HSF), a non-profit historic preservation organization, hosted Black History Month events today for students in HSF’s Hands On History program at Woodville-Tompkins Technical and Career High School and the Savannah Early College Program. The day’s program consisted of two talks, one by nationally recognized author and columnist Stephanie Deutsch and the other by local history enthusiast Vaughnette Goode-Walker.
“We’re pleased HSF was able to bring together regional and national experts to celebrate Black History Month,” said Daniel Carey, HSF president and CEO. “It is important to involve students in our preservation efforts because, as the next generation, they will need to know their history before they can understand their future direction.”
Deutsch, who provided the keynote address, discussed the Rosenwald Schools, the informal name applied to more than 5,000 schools, shops and teachers’ homes built primarily for the education of African-Americans in the early 20th century. She is the author of You Need a Schoolhouse: Booker T. Washington, Julius Rosenwald and the Building of Schools for the Segregated South, published in 2011 by Northwestern University Press.
Goode-Walker, who owns and operates Footprints of Savannah Walking Tours and who was responsible for the recent re-interpretation and update of the King-Tisdell Cottage exhibits, led the tour of the cottage. The King-Tisdell Cottage, Savannah’s only black history house museum, tells the story of African-Americans in historic preservation.
The program also included a tour of the Beach Institute, erected in 1867 as the first school built in Savannah for the education of African-Americans, and a brief tour of the Beach Institute neighborhood, focusing on the Live in a Landmark Initiative that HSF carried out in the 1990s.
Approximately 50 students participated in the day-long program, sponsored by a grant from Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. New Savannah residents Bob and Jeanne Rosenwald, relatives of the Rosenwald Schools’ Julius Rosenwald, were also in attendance as special guests of HSF.
“We are pleased to help spread the word about the vital partnership between Booker T. Washington and Julius Rosenwald to underwrite the construction of some 5,000 public schools to enable quality education for African-Americans in the segregated south between 1912 and 1932,” said Mr. Rosenwald.
Photo caption: Students in HSF’s Hands On History program at Woodville-Tompkins Technical and Career High School and the Savannah Early College Program participated in Black History Month events this week.
ABOUT HISTORIC SAVANNAH FOUNDATION:
Historic Savannah Foundation is a nonprofit historic preservation organization supported by a strong and dedicated membership. HSF was established in 1955 in order to save the 1820 Isaiah Davenport House from demolition. From this initial project, Historic Savannah Foundation launched a Revolving Fund which has since saved 360+ buildings. The mission of Historic Savannah Foundation is to preserve and protect Savannah’s heritage through advocacy, education and community involvement. For more information, visit www.myHSF.org or www.DavenportHouseMuseum.org.