• Andrew Syiek

A Savannah Sampling

The following three monuments are revealed while strolling casually along tree-lined avenues within the beautiful city of Savannah, Georgia.

First, located along the Savannah River promenade, this commemorative bronze monument of an African American family with broken chains at their feet is mounted on a granite pedestal, and was sculpted by Savannah College of Art and Design Professor, Dorothy Radford Spradley.

The plaque placed at the base of the statue in 2019 honors Dr. Abbey Jordan, Educator, Trailblazer and Community Activist.

The pithy, harrowing, yet empathetic inscription is attributed to Poet and author Maya Angelou.

Next, a fascinating colonial landmark located adjacent to the East Upper Factors Walk on East Bay Street in downtown Savannah, within walking distance to City Hall are two cannons provided as a gift by George Washington, first United States President in 1791.

Finally, a slightly sheltered vintage marble bench designed by Julian deBruyn Kops donated and dedicated by the Georgia Society of the Colonial Dames of America transports you to 1909.

The historical landmark commemorates James Oglethorpe's establishment of the new settlement of Savannah in February of 1733.

The elegant shape and tile mosaic base incorporate curvaceous lines reflecting the Art Nouveau design of the period.

These are but three pieces of interesting threads that together weave the history and culture of Savannah.

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