Since 2008, the Georgia Historical Society has been awarded five grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities to offer four workshops and one institute on African-American life and culture in the Georgia Lowcountry. These projects were designed to address broad themes of race and slavery in American history covered in a U.S. History survey course by focusing on site-specific experiences of communities in and around Savannah from the late eighteenth through the early twentieth centuries. Through course readings, scholarly lectures, site visits, community presentations, guided tours, and research in primary source documents from the Georgia Historical Society collection scholars examined the centrality of place in the African-American experience in Georgia’s Lowcountry and the larger Atlantic world.
This online exhibit uses maps, image galleries, and a timeline to explore the same topics and themes studied by college and university professors attending one of GHS's NEH funded projects. Click on the links below to start your exploration.