History Department
History Department

Symp: "Slavery & Freedom in Savannah" — THREE DAYS

Thu, October 13, 2011 | Telfair Museum, Savannah, Georgia

Ceiling in Owens-Thomas slave quarters with
Ceiling in Owens-Thomas slave quarters with "haint" blue paint

Associate Professors of History Daina Ramey Berry from The University of Texas and Leslie Harris from Emory University will lead the symposium at the Telfair Museum on Oct. 13-15, 2011.

They will present "Slavery and Freedom in Savannah", a symposium of local, regional and national significance. The program will kick off with a keynote lecture by Berry and Harris, followed by a day and a half of lectures about slavery and freedom in Savannah, from the Colonial era through Reconstruction. The materials presented at the symoposium will be published and used for the reinterpretation of exhibits and tours at the Owens-Thomas House.

The symposium is offered FREE of charge, funded in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, City of Savannah, and the Johanna Favrot Fund for Historic Preservation of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, with support from Live Oak Public Libraries and Second African Baptist Church.

For more information, contact Cyndi Sommers at sommersc@telfair.org or call 912-790-8880.

Telfair Museums "Slavery and Freedom in Savannah" website

19th-century photograph of Owens-Thomas House, Savannah, Ga.The Telfair Museum of Art was established from a bequest by Mary Telfair after her death in 1875 in the Telfair family's mansion. Part of the three buildings on the property operated by the Telfair Museum include the Owens-Thomas House, a historic house museum.

Caption of lead graphic:
Ceiling on the first floor of the Owens-Thomas slave quarters in Savannah, Ga., with "haint" blue painting believed to have spiritual properties in many African cultures. It is the largest known example of "haint" blue painting in America.


Second graphic:
19th-century photograph of Owens-Thomas House.

Sponsored by: Inst. of Museum & Library Services, City of Savannah, Favrot Fund for Historic Pres. of Natl. Trust for Historic Preservation, Live Oak Public Libraries, Second African Baptist Church

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