HSF Restores Nicholsonboro’s Historical Marker. HSF recently restored a Georgia Historical Marker at the intersection of White Bluff and Old Coffee Bluff roads which stood in remembrance of the historic Nicholsonboro community that grew out of the turmoil of the Civil War. Founded in 1868 by 200 freed slaves—mainly from St. Catherines Island—the community has remained largely intact due to the galvanizing influence of the Nicholsonboro Baptist Church that dates to 1870. The marker was knocked down and damaged by an automobile in 2013. Thanks to the intervention of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, the marker was removed and safely stored at Skidaway Island State Park for two years. Due to recent budget cuts, the DNR was unable to restore the deteriorated marker. After learning of the situation and meeting with members of the Nicholsonboro community, HSF stepped in and provided the necessary funding to restore the marker and ensure that passersby would know the history of this African-American community. All media are invited to attend this meaningful community event.
INTERVIEWS: Historic Savannah Foundation President Daniel Carey will make a brief presentation on the restoration of the Nicholsonboro Historical Marker and the importance of its preservation. Skidaway Island State Park Manager Holly Holdsworth, Savannah Alderman Tony Thomas and Pastor Edgar Sams of the Nicholsonboro Baptist Church will also be available for comments.
WHEN: Monday, May 4, 2015
WHERE: Nicholsonboro Baptist Church
13319 White Bluff Rd.
ABOUT HISTORIC SAVANNAH FOUNDATION:
Historic Savannah Foundation is a non-profit 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 nearly 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.