Cluskey Embankment Stores, 1962.
Project #HABS, GA, 26-SAV, 67 (GA-1180).
Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS), Built in America
Collection, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
View full HABS documentation online at: http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/ga0151/
Historical Use of the Cluskey Embankment Stores
The historical use of the Embankment Stores during the 19th century is still unclear at this time. Many people believe they were used to house slaves, though to date no primary documentation of this use has been found. In late 2011, the Shinhoster Youth Leadership Group, working with Vaughnette Goode-Walker, explored the history of the Embankment Stores and recommended they be restored based on their architectural merit. The young men of the Shinhoster Group presented their research project and recommendations to City Council at the February 9, 2012 Council meeting. Their recommendations included discontinuing all parking in the Embankment Stores and undertaking an archaeological investigation to supplement the historical research done to date in an effort to clarify their historical use.
In September 2012, the City of Savannah entered into an agreement with Georgia Southern University’s Research and Service Foundation, partnering the City’s Research Library & Municipal Archives department with GSU’s Department of Sociology and Anthropology to undertake an archaeological investigation, including extensive historical research, onsite excavation, and curation of any archaeological artifacts found (GSU is also leading the excavations at Camp Lawton, http://georgiasouthern.edu/camplawton/). The final research and archaeological collection will be housed at the City’s Municipal Archives for public research use. In November 2012, the City permanently discontinued all parking in the vaults.
Excavation of the largest vault began in November 2012, and is progressing through all four vaults. Four Public Work Days were held between December 2012-March 2013, one per vault, allowing the general public a chance to interact with the archaeologists. Onsite excavations are expected to be complete in April 2013.
Photographs and Summary of Project Work