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Web Project Highlights Savannah's History of Slavery

Updated: 1 year ago.
Savannah is known for it's historic streets and squares. Until 1865, those areas were often built and maintained by slaves. Photo Credit: Josullivan.59

A new project on the City of Savannah's website is shedding light on a little-known corner of slavery's history here: the work slaves did for the city itself. The city's Research Library and Municipal Archives today will unveil the Municipal Slavery Research Project. It's an online tool chronicling the City of Savannah's use of enslaved labor from 1790 through the end of the Civil War.

Lacy Brooks produced the project while interning with the city as part of the Public History graduate program at Armstrong Atlantic State University. She spoke with GPB about what she found.