King - Tisdell Cottage
Savannah, Georgia, USA
- Museum home: Eugene and Sarah King were among the new wave of entrepreneurs in the African-American community of 1920s Savannah. One room is dedicated to Sarah's confectionary business and another to fellow black business owners.
- Urban slavery and emancipation: Learn about Savannah's African-American history and cultural influences from slavery to freedom.
- W.W. Law: The man responsible for launching this museum was also one of the most prominent civil rights leaders in Savannah. There's a whole room devoted to his story, including his military service.
About this Savannah, Georgia tour
Savannah was, and remains, a hub of African-American culture. At the height of the trans-Atlantic slave trade, Africans were brought to the Port of Savannah to work the cotton and rice fields. They worked in the fields for generations, raising their families, creating churches, and maintaining their rich West-African ethnic traditions known as Geechee and Gullah.
After the Emancipation Proclamation and the end of the Civil War, most freed slaves, the people whose labor made Savannah an economic leader, headed north. But in the 1920s, black entrepreneurship saw a surge in Savannah, and Eugene and Sarah King rode that wave. Eugene, the young owner of a laundry business, and Sarah purchased a little cottage on Ott Street, and that's where Sarah started her confectionary business. In fact, Sarah became one of Savannah's most prominent African-American entrepreneurs of the age.
After Eugene died in 1941 Sarah continued to live in the house, eventually remarrying Robert Tisdell, a longshoreman. She died shortly after and Tisdell remarried, and before long, the little cottage became a hub of African-American culture.
Today the King-Tisdell Cottage is a museum founded by Westley Wallace Law, a career postman and long-serving president of the local NAACP chapter. He spent his life dedicated to preserving civil rights, history and culture. And as you tour the museum, taking in the artwork, artifacts, and historical documents, you'll see how far Savannah has come since the days of slavery.
Mr. Civil Rights delivered in all kinds of weather
Westley Wallace Law, better known as W.W. Law, was an African-American civil rights activist since his youth. After graduating college (on the GI Bill) and becoming a postman, he led peaceful protests like wade-ins at the all-white Tybee Beach, lunch counter sit-ins, and an 18-month boycott on Broughton Street merchants. His activities got him fired by the U.S. Postal Service, but when President Kennedy came to his defense, he was reinstated.
Please make your way to 514 East Huntington St. Savannah, GA 31401
Please note that The Old Town Trolley stops at the King-Tisdell Cottage. Cottage is closed on Sundays and Mondays, Christmas Day, Thanksgiving Day and New Year's Day.
There is minimal amount of walking involved. This tour is not wheelchair accessible.
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Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated mild. To participate fully, you may be required to walk over primarily even surfaces at a leisurely pace. You may encounter a limited number of steps, cobblestones, or uneven surfaces, and you may have to stand for extended periods of time.
Suitable for all ages. Children 5 years of age and younger participate free of charge.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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