March 17th, 2014 by Corey Edwards
When most of us think of slavery in the south, we picture rural plantations and fields of cotton but a new book and an exhibit at the Jepson Center for the Arts in Savannah, Slavery and Freedom in Savannah, looks at the subject of urban slavery.
While rural slavery on the plantations was a more visible fact, urban slavery was instrumental to America’s slave-based economy. The story of the lives of the African Americans – both free and enslaved — who built and worked at various homes in and around Savannah are documented in the exhibit and book, shedding new light on this often forgotten yet integral part of American history. (more…)