W.W. Law Preservation Week Gets Underway

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He was known around town as Mr. Civil Rights. This week, the City of Savannah is gearing up to recognize the accomplishments and contributions of the late W. W. Law in the area of historic preservation to the Savannah community.

Law, a local historian and former president of the Savannah chapter of the NAACP, spent much of his time fighting for justice and advocating for African American history and culture.
September 19 – 23 has been designated W. W. Law Preservation Week. It’s part of a year-long celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Savannah’s National Historic Landmark District.

 

For more information, call: (912) 651-6411.

Monday, September 19

6:00 p.m. at Kennedy Pharmacy, 323 East Broughton Street
“W. W. Law’s Influence on Today’s Preservation Landscape in Savannah: A Panel Discussion”

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 Lspracher@savannahga.gov or (912) 651-6411.
Tuesday, September 20
Freedom Trail Driving Tour
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 Lspracher@savannahga.gov or (912) 651-6411.
• Wednesday, September 21
Beach Institute Historic Neighborhood Walking Tour
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 Lspracher@savannahga.gov 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. This new exhibit will launch on Thursday, September 22 and will be accessible at http://www.savannahga.gov/wwlaw.
• Friday, September 23
Explore Sites Preserved Because of Law
City of Savannah encourages everyone to celebrate W. W. Law Preservation Week by getting out and exploring historical local sites 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

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