Moon Spotlight Savannah & the Georgia Coast
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first black voter registration drives in the South, which led the way for the historic integration of the police department in 1947. Gilbert’s efforts were kept alive in the 1950s and 1960s by the beloved W. W. Law, a letter carrier who was head of the local chapter of the NAACP for many years. Savannah’s longstanding diversity was further proved in 1970, when Greek American John P. Rousakis began his 21-year stint as mayor. During Rousakis’ tenure, the first African American city alderman was
P.M., dinner Sun.–Thurs. 4–9:30 P.M., Fri.–Sat. 4–10 P.M., $17–26), known primarily for its delightfully kitschy pre–Jack Sparrow pirate decor and its dependably pedestrian food. Still, the history here is undeniable: One of the country’s oldest buildings, built in 1753, the Pirate’s House hosted many a salty sea dog—though perhaps few actual pirates—in its day as a seamen’s inn. And any place that rates a shout-out in Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island has to be worth a visit. The rambling
however, when Sunbury was the scene of much fighting between colonists and the British army in 1776–1779. A British siege in 1778 culminated in this immortal reply from the colonial commander, Colonel John McIntosh, to a redcoat demand for surrender: “Come and take it.” By the beginning of 1779, a separate British assault did indeed “take it,” adding to the increasingly violent pillage of the surrounding area. After U.S. independence, Sunbury remained the Liberty County seat until 1797, but it
living-history museum chronicling the everyday life of Liberty County’s African Americans, with a direct link to Sherman’s famous “40 acres and a mule” Field Order No. 15. There are eight restored vernacular buildings on the 100-acre site, including the simple but sublime one-room Seabrook School. Youmans Pond (daily, free) is a prime stop for migratory fowl. Its main claim to fame is that it was visited in 1773 by the great naturalist William Bartram on one of his treks across the Southeast.
LOOK FOR TO FIND RECOMMENDED SIGHTS, ACTIVITIES, DINING, AND LODGING. River Street: Despite River Street’s tourist tackiness, there’s still nothing like strolling the cobblestones amid the old cotton warehouses, enjoying the cool breeze off the river, and watching the huge ships on their way to and from the bustling port (see here). First African Baptist Church: The oldest black congregation in the United States still meets in this historic sanctuary, a key stop on the Underground Railroad