Savannah was an important Port of Entry for slaves. In 1859 the largest sale of slaves in US history, often referred to as the “The Weeping Time,” took place there. Slave barracoons (holding areas for the confinement of slaves) and cemeteries with important markings are some of the sites in our Historic Tour of Savannah.
First African Baptist Church in Savannah is derived from the first black Baptist congregation in North America in 1777. Registered in the National Registry of Historic Landmarks and Places, the church has preserved many of its historical elements that feature slave work, life, religious beliefs and connections to Africa.
The Penn Center, on St. Helena Island, South Carolina, was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1974. It is among the country’s first schools for freed slaves where they were allowed to govern themselves. Today, Penn Center is one of the most significant African-American historical and cultural institutions in existence.
The Georgia Historical Society, one of the most significant archives on Georgia history, holds hundreds of primary sources including Lydia Parrish’s notes for Slave Songs of the Georgia Sea Islands and photographs by Muriel Bell and Malcolm Bell Jr. in Drums and Shadows: Survival Studies among the Georgia Coastal Negroes.
Sapelo Island, a small barrier island located in McIntosh County, GA, is home to 47 residents, descendants of slaves who lived on Thomas Spaldings’s plantation in the early 19th century. The tour by resident and cultural historian Cornelia Bailey includes visits to Hog Hammock, Reynolds Mansion, and other historic ruins on the island.