Slavery and Freedom in Savannah Symposium

October 13, 14, 15

The Symposium is free but registration is required to attend. Online registration is now closed but you may register on-site.

Slavery and Freedom in Savannah, a symposium of local, regional and national significance, presented by Telfair Museums will be held October 13, 14, 15.

Led by national scholars Dr. Daina Berry, University of Texas at Austin and Dr. Leslie Harris, Emory University, the program will begin with a keynote lecture by Berry and Harris and take attendees through a day and a half of lectures, presentations and speakers about slavery and freedom in Savannah, from the Colonial era through Reconstruction. The materials utilized and presented at the symposium will be published and used for the reinterpretation of exhibits and tours at the Owens-Thomas House and throughout the city.

ot hi res (31) The ceiling on the first floor of the Owens’ Thomas slave quarters features the largest example of “haint” blue painting known to exist in America. “haint” blue paint was believed to have spiritual properties in many African cultures, such as the abilitiy to ward of evil spirits. In nineteenth-century America, the paint-created by mixing indigo, lime, and buttermilk-was used on ceilings, around doors or windows, and even behind or under furnishings.

The symposium is partially funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the National Trust for Historic Preservation  and the City of Savannah, with support from Live Oak Libraries. TA556_Owens-Thomas House-k

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19th century photograph of the Owens-Thomas house

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