African-American Culture and History
I found many places to learn more about African-American History and the Civil Rights Movement. You, too, might find them valuable as well as interesting.
A few blocks south of Savannah History Center on Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard is a new museum called Ralf Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum. It's named after the long-serving preacher of Savannah's First African Baptist Church I found the reconstructed lunch counter from Levy's Dept Store (scene of boycotts and protests against the store's refusal to serve Blacks). They also have film footage of Civil Rights workers in and near Savannah.
460 MLK Jr. Boulevard
Beach Institute was established in 1865 by American Missionary Association as a school for freed slaves. It now serves as a museum of African-American art.
502 East Harris Street
The King-Tisdale Cottage is named after its owners, Eugene & Sarah King, and Sarah King and Robert Tisdell. The cottage is typical of an 1890s middle-class African-American coastal home. I loved this little Victorian house with its dormer windows, gingerbread woodwork, and lovely porch. The cpKing-Tisdell Cottage Foundation owns and operates the Negro Heritage Trail Tours, and the Cottage is part of that tour. There are films, lectures, oral history, publications, art, and history affiliated with the tour and the cottage.
At 41 M.L.King Boulevard is a three-story brick house in the Classical Revival style that for almost a century housed the West Broad Street School for African American Children. It was the first black public school in Savannah (1878).
All of these places and tours are quite worthwhile and open a visitor's eyes to the truthful history of the African-American in Savanna.