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Take a Tour that Focuses on African American History

Footprints of Savannah has a specific walking route that focuses on slave trade, burial grounds, black churches, Underground Railroad stops and other points of note.

Pin Point Heritage Museum celebrates the life, work and history of this Gullah/Geechee community that calls Pin Point home. Take a tour of the once isolated and self sustained, Gullah/Geechee enclave founded by first-generation freedmen where family, religion and work were deeply connected to the water.

Day Clean Journeys provides stimulating, informative and enlightening journeys exploring the African American experience.

Hit a Museum

The Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum has three stories of exhibits, including a lunch counter where sit-ins occurred, so pencil in a morning for exploring. The Beach Institute, a former school for freed slaves, and the King-Tisdell Cottage both showcase African American artists.

Check out a Church

The First African Baptist Church, founded in 1773, is the oldest black church in the US and served as a stop on the Underground Railroad. Historic tours are offered during the weekdays; make sure to note the collection of stained-glass windows depicting African American subjects.

Wander Down River Street

Spend an afternoon strolling through the cafes and shops on the bustling waterfront path. Of note: the African American Families Monument on Rousakis Plaza. The bronze monument was dedicated on River Street in 2002 to commemorate and honor contributions of African Americans to the cultural, social, educational, economic and spiritual life of the Savannah community.

Food with Soul

Southern cuisine, known for its hearty, comforting flavors, can be found throughout Savannah. Start at Sisters of the New South to get your first taste of crispy fried chicken, homemade mashed potatoes and gravy, gooey mac ‘n’ cheese, collard greens, sweet banana pudding and more!

Be a Southern Chef For A Day

Learn how to make Southern specialties on your trip at Chef Joe Randall’s Cooking School. You’ll impress your future dinner guests after learning how to make Chef Joe’s Savannah crabcakes, shrimp and grits and other recipes!

Savannah African American Heritage Trip Idea

First African Baptist Church