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W. W. Law Preservation Week, September 19-23, 2016
On September 15, 2016, Savannah City Council issued a proclamation declaring September 19-23, 2016 "W. W. Law Preservation Week" in Savannah in recognition of the historic preservation contributions of Westley Wallace Law to the Savannah community.  Join us in celebrating W. W. Law's preservation legacy all week with a series of special events:

Monday, September 19
“W. W. Law’s Influence on Today’s Preservation Landscape in Savannah: A Panel Discussion”


Recording now available online

When:
Monday, September 19, 2016, 6:00 p.m., reception to follow
Where: Kennedy Pharmacy, 323 East Broughton Street

Panelists:
Richard “Dicky” Mopper is co-owner of Engel & Vöelkers Savannah and advocate of the Savannah National Historic Landmark District. Mopper was a founder of the Downtown Neighborhood Association and the Downtown Business Association, and currently serves as chair of the Savannah Development and Renewal Authority. He has served on the Savannah Historic District Board of Review and the Board of the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation.

W. John Mitchell, past chair of Historic Savannah Foundation’s Board of Trustees and the Savannah Historic District Board of Review. Retired since 2011 from the nonprofit New Legacy Community Development Corporation, Mitchell developed more than thirty-five affordable new homes for low-to-moderate income Savannah residents.

Melissa Jest is the African American Program Coordinator for the Georgia Historic Preservation Division, also serving as liaison to the Georgia African American Preservation Network. Jest works with individuals and communities to identify and preserve African American sites and properties significant to Georgia’s heritage. Melissa Jest has over 15 years of outreach and preservation experience, including working with Historic Savannah Foundation’s Revolving Fund.

This program is free and open to the public, but seating is limited; reservations must be made in advance by contacting Luciana Spracher, Director of the Library & Archives, at or (912) 651-6411.

Hosted by Historic Savannah Foundation and the City of Savannah


Tuesday, September 20
Freedom Trail Driving Tour


When: Tuesday, September 20, 2016, 10:00 a.m. to approximately 12:00 p.m.
Tour bus departs from: Savannah Visitor’s Center, 301 Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard

Tour Description:
Guide Johnnie Brown will lead guests on the Freedom Trail Tour through downtown Savannah, visiting sites impacted by W. W. Law’s historic preservation leadership, including Laurel Grove South Cemetery, Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum, King-Tisdell Cottage, and the Beach Institute. Learn about Savannah’s unique African American history from a local history guide trained by W. W. Law. This is a driving tour; tour guests will park and ride the Freedom Trail Tour van with the tour guide.

This program is free and open to the public, but seating is limited; reservations must be made in advance by contacting Luciana Spracher, Director of the Library & Archives, at or (912) 651-6411.

Sponsored by the City of Savannah


Wednesday, September 21
Beach Institute Historic Neighborhood Walking Tour


When: Wednesday, September 21, 2016, 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Walking tour starts: in front of St. John the Baptist Church, 522 Hartridge Street; the tour ends in front of the Beach Institute on East Harris Street

Tour Description:
Discover the historic origins of the Beach Institute Neighborhood and its architecture, including African Americans who owned and/or occupied houses here such as Simon Mirault, Robert Low, Mosianna Milledge, and Lucy Williams. Learn about significant community institutions and businesses, like the Beach Institute and American Missionary Society, the King-Tisdell Cottage Foundation, The Boys Club, and the Savannah & Albany Railroad. And learn how W. W. Law helped preserve this unique neighborhood. This is a walking tour; tour guests will park and meet the tour guide on the sidewalk at the gathering point to begin the tour. The tour will not end at the starting point and tour guests will need to walk back to their cars.

Guide:
Beth Reiter, a native Savannahian, has been active in Historic Preservation since 1968 as an author, lecturer, instructor, researcher, consultant and planner. Reiter retired from her position as Director of Historic Preservation Planning at the Chatham-Savannah Metropolitan Planning Commission in 2010. She now runs Savannah Architours, walking tours featuring Savannah’s plan, architecture and landscape. Reiter received the Leopold Adler Historic Preservation Award from the King Tisdell Cottage Foundation in 1999.

This program is free and open to the public, but space is limited; reservations must be made in advance by contacting Luciana Spracher, Director of the Library & Archives, at or (912) 651-6411.

Sponsored by the City of Savannah


Thursday, September 22
“Law and Preservation,” Launch of New Online Exhibit


Discover W. W. Law’s preservation work through his own collections, preserved in the City’s Municipal Archives, including photographs, correspondence and awards highlighting years of hard-work, dedication and local, state, and national recognition.

View exhibit

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Friday, September 23
Explore Sites Preserved Because of Law


We encourage everyone to celebrate W. W. Law Preservation Week by getting out and exploring historical sites in Savannah impacted by W. W. Law’s advocacy and historic preservation work, including:

Laurel Grove South Cemetery
Address: 2101 Kollock Street, Savannah, GA 31415
Hours: open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Admission: none
For more information: http://www.savannahga.gov/index.aspx?nid=882

King-Tisdell Cottage Museum
Address: 514 East Huntingdon Street
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday; 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Admission: $7.00 (cash only)
For more information: (912) 335-8868

Beach Institute African American Cultural Center
Address: 502 East Harris Street
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday; 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Admission: $7.00
For more information: (912) 335-8868

Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum
Address: 460 Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday; 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Admission: $10.00 adults; $8.00 seniors 65+; $6.00 students
For more information: (912) 777-6099 


Friday, September 23
Dedication of the Savannah Protest Movement Historical Marker


When: Friday, September 23, 2016, 10:00 a.m.
Where: Trustees Theater, 216 East Broughton Street, Savannah, GA 31401
 
Join us on September 23, 2016, at the Trustees Theater in Savannah as we dedicate the newest addition to the Georgia Civil Rights Trail, a historical marker commemorating the Savannah Protest Movement. Recognizing the efforts of students and community leaders to end segregation in Savannah during the 1960s, the marker will be located at the site of one of the movement’s first sit-ins – the former Levy’s department store, now Savannah College of Art and Design’s Jen Library.

Sponsored by the Georgia Historical Society, the Georgia Department of Economic Development, The Hodge Foundation, and Savannah College of Art and Design

The Georgia Historical Society’s Georgia Civil Rights Trail explores the issues central to the twentieth-century struggle for civil and human rights in Georgia. Through a series of historical markers, the Georgia Civil Rights Trail recognizes sites associated with the Civil Rights Movement in Georgia and invites audiences to stand on the ground where the struggles and events of the Civil Rights Movement took place. For more information visit georgiahistory.com/civil-rights-trail

Event listing: http://georgiahistory.com/events/the-georgia-civil-rights-trail-savannah-protest-movement-historical-marker-dedication/


Friday, September 23
Remembering the 1960s Civil Rights Movement in Savannah: An Afternoon at the Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum

When:
Friday, September 23, 2016, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Where: Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum, Dr. Priscilla Thomas Annex, 460 Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard
 
20 years ago this month, the Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum opened its doors.  Since then, it has daily told the story of Savannah's Civil Rights Movement.  On September 23, 2016, after the dedication of the Savannah Protest Movement historical marker on Broughton Street, the Museum will hold a special "Meet and Greet" with men and women who were part of the Movement.  The event is co-sponsored by the Museum and the Beach High School Class of 1960 in honor of their classmates Carolyn Quillion and Joan Tyson who were arrested at Levy's Department Store, currently Savannah College of Art & Design's Jen Library, on March 16, 1960.  For those who participated in the protest movement in Savannah, there will be an opportunity to have your oral history recorded for the Museum.  The Museum will be providing introductory tours and re-enactments at the lunch counter in the Levy Department Store exhibit.

Visitors are asked to make a donation to the Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum or sign up for a Museum membership. 
For more information, please call the Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum at (912) 777-6099.

This program is sponsored by the Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum.