What is the first city you think of when someone mentions history? Savannah enjoys the honor of being the oldest city in Georgia as well as one of the oldest in this great nation. Add the special significance of African American History Month and you’ve got an exceptional reason to visit in February.
Savannah embraces the important cultural impact of African Americans on the city with tours, museums, and festivals:
- Black Heritage Festival – Sponsored by Savannah State University and City of Savannah, the 28th annual festival is held February 1-26, 2017. “Focused on the Future – Acknowledging Echoes from the Past” features art exhibits, lectures, and a gospel choir competition. (savannahblackheritagefestival.com/)
- Pin Point Heritage Museum – African ethnic groups and indigenous Americans joined together to form the Gullah/Geechee people. The United States officially recognized them as a nation in 2000. The museum offers guests the opportunity to learn about the religion and history of this “nation within a nation.” The museum is open on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. (www.chsgeorgia.org/PHM/)
- Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum – The museum boasts three floors of photographs and interactive exhibits regarding the civil rights struggle in the city and the state. Even the building is significant as it was once the home of the largest bank for blacks in the county. (www.visit-historic-savannah.com/ralph-mark-gilbert-civil-rights-museum.html)
- The Beach Institute African-American Cultural Center – Originally built as the first school specifically for African Americans, it is now the flagship museum, gallery, and cultural center. (www.beachinstitute.org/)
- First African Baptist Church – Savannah is home to the oldest black church in North America. The church contains many original and historic elements integral to the African American experience. Tours are available Tuesday through Sunday. (firstafricanbc.com/)
- African American Families Monument – Located along River Street on Rousakis Plaza, the statue depicts a family embracing after emancipation.
- Walking Tours – A guided tour through the historic district with information about the city’s involvement with slavery, the Footprints of Savannah tour departs from Wright Square every day at 10 am. (www.footprintsofsavannah.com/)
- Bus Tours – Travel in a climate-controlled tour bus to see 30 Savannah sites. Entrance to the Beach Institute in included in The Negro Heritage Trail Tour: An African American Journey. The tour departs at 10 am and 12 pm Tuesday through Saturday. (www.savannahtours.us/offer/7519/Negro-Heritage-Trail-Tour-from-Savannah)
With all that Savannah has to offer, you may want to extend your bed and breakfast getaway. Go ahead. Stay two nights in February and we’ll give you 50% off the third night.
Don’t forget that leprechauns and shamrocks rule the streets in March. Enjoy Savannah hospitality – Irish style. We host the third largest St. Patrick’s Day parade in the world. Watch for more information about all the “green” activities to come.