Seven Savannah museums have joined forces for one event this Sunday, August 20. “Lift Every Voice” will highlight the lives and contributions of African Americans in the community. It’s part of series of events across the country celebrating the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Shannon Browning-Mullis of the Owens-Thomas House says programs will focus on the lives and contributions of real men and women who lived in Savannah.

“So we’re not going to talk in broad generalities," she says. "We’re going to talk about real humans and their lived experiences.   In an ideal world we’d hear these stories every day and they’d be an equal part with all the other stories at these sites. In a way to build to that, we’re asking people to bring that to the fore for this event.”

The Beach Institute and City of Savannah archives, Davenport House Museum, Georgia Historical Society, Georgia State Railroad Museum, Ossabaw Island Foundation, and Pinpoint Heritage Museum are all participating in Lift Ev’ry Voice, offering free, family-friendly events this Sunday afternoon. Click here for more information.

You can hear more of our conversation with Shannon Browning-Mullis in the audio link below.