For Immediate ReleaseDate: August 7, 2017
The City of Savannah is partnering with the Beach Institute to take part in Lift Every Voice: Savannah’s African American Historic Sites Free Day. Eight Savannah cultural organizations and sites are collaborating to honor the community’s African American history in celebration of the recent opening of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. The event will take place on Sunday, August 20 from 12 p.m. - 4 p.m., offering visitors free admission to the participating sites.
The participating establishments are: Beach Institute, in partnership with the City of Savannah’s Research Library and Municipal Archives; Davenport House Museum; Georgia Historical Society; Georgia State Railroad Museum; Ossabaw Island Foundation; Pin Point Heritage Museum; and Telfair Museums’ Owens-Thomas House. Programs at each site will focus on African American history connections and will include a variety of activities for guests of all ages.
The Beach Institute in partnership with City of Savannah will present the exhibit Law & Music, where guests will discover music through the collection of Civil Rights leader and local historian W. W. Law. City of Savannah archivists will also share artifacts and records from the City’s Municipal Archives that document Savannah’s African American history.
About The National Museum of African American History and Culture and the Lift Every Voice InitiativeThe National Museum of African American History and Culture is the 19th museum of the Smithsonian Institution and is located at the foot of the Washington Monument on the National Mall in Washington, DC. The museum provides for the collection, study, and establishment of programs and exhibitions related to African American life, history, art, and culture. It is a place where people can learn about the richness and diversity of the African American experience; it is a place of meaning, memory, reflection, laughter, and hope.
Lift Every Voice is a global initiative to showcase the depth and breadth of African American history and culture across the nation and around the world. In celebration of the opening of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, Savannah museums are highlighting their city’s African American History.