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Join us in the Mary C. Torian Auditorium at Savannah State University for a series of panel discussions throughout the day in connection with our Legacy of Slavery in Savannah initiative.

Schedule of Programs:

10:00 am – Welcome and Opening Remarks

10:30 am – Panel I: Education, Memory, and the Legacy of Slavery
Panelists: Dr. Jelani Favors, Fath Davis Ruffins, and Dr. Anne Bailey

  • Dr. Jelani Favors, Henry E. Frye Distinguished Professor of History, North Carolina A&T State University: “Til’ I reach My Highest Ground: Georgia State Industrial College and the Pursuit of Black Freemen During the Nadir, 1877-1900”
  • Fath Davis Ruffins, Curator of African American History and Culture in the Division of Cultural and Community Life, Smithsonian National Museum of American History: “Memories and Histories of Slavery: Br’er Rabbit, Haunted Plantation Houses, and the Acacia Collection”
  • Dr. Anne C. Bailey, Professor of History and Africana Studies, Director of the Harriet Tubman Center for Freedom and Equity, SUNY Binghamton University: “The Weeping Time and Full Freedom”

12:00 pm –                ***BREAK FOR LUNCH***

1:30 pm – Panel II: Losing Ground: Land Ownership in the Lowcountry
Panelists: Dr. Felicia Jamison and Dr. Andrew Kahrl

  • Dr. Felicia Jamison, Assistant Professor of History & Comparative Studies, University of Louisville: “’This Land Ain’t Got No Papers Over It:’ Land Displacement and the Black Community in Liberty County, Georgia During War II”
  • Dr. Andrew Kahrl, Professor of History and African American Studies, University of Virginia, “Coastal Capitalism Comes to Sea Islands”

2:30 pm – Panel III: Activism in the Face of Violence
Panelists: Dr. Julie Buckner Armstrong, Dr. Mia Bay, and Michele Johnson

  • Dr. Julie Buckner Armstrong, Professor of English, University of South Florida: “The Negro Womanhood of Georgia has been shocked: ‘Race, Gender, and Lynching in Savannah”
  • Dr. Mia Bay, Roy F. and Jeannette P. Nichols Professor of American History, University of Pennsylvania: “The Tribune Says ‘Walk’: Struggles over Streetcar Segregation in Savannah 1872-1908”
  • Michele Nicole Johnson, Librarian/Assistant Professor of Library Science, College of Coastal Georgia: “Ahmaud Arbery – Legacy of Slavery in Savannah”

3:30 pm – Closing Remarks

4:00 pm – Event Concludes

This event is free and open to the public. Seating is first come first serve. Space is limited and pre-registration is recommended.

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Since 2019, Telfair has collaborated with artists, scholars, and organizations across Savannah to hold community engagement events and exhibitions through the Legacy of Slavery in Savannah initiative. Join us for a weekend-long reflection at Savannah State University and Telfair Museums.

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