Most African Americans living in the South before the Civil War were enslaved. But what may not be as well-known is the history of free African Americans in places like Savannah.
Dr. Whittington Johnson is a retired history professor and the author of several books about black history. As part of the city's commemoration of Juneteenth, he visited Savannah's Second African Baptist Church this week. He spoke with GPB's Sarah McCammon about his talk, focusing on the history of African American elites from 1790-1830.
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