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$30 Boat Transportation Fee for August 17 Lift Every Voice: African American History in Savannah

Price: $30 Transportation Fee to Ossabaw Island for Lift Every Voice Walking Tour
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Two-Part  African-American History Tour of Ossabaw Island and Pin Point Heritage Museum

Saturday, August 17, 2019

This Ossabaw Island - Pin Point tour will emphasize the historic linkages between the African American communities of the two sites, while sharing the broader history of each location.

The day begins with a morning boat trip to Ossabaw that includes the natural and cultural history of the Moon River District, with emphasis on the many historic African American communities of the area. On Ossabaw, visitors will go on a walking tour of North End plantation, including three restored tabby cabins built by enslaved Africans for their housing. Learn about Hercules & Betty in the 1770s, the Bond brothers in the 1850s and 1860s, and their descendants who founded Pin Point community in the 1890s. Daily journals from an Ossabaw Island plantation in the mid-19th century are included in the tour. Tour leaders are Elizabeth DuBose, Executive Director of Ossabaw Island Foundation, and Hanif Haynes, a historic interpreter with Pin Point Heritage Museum. Haynes is a resident of Pin Point community and is a descendant of Benjamin Bond, an enslaved man who lived on Ossabaw Island and was a founder of Hinder Me Not Baptist Church on Ossabaw after emancipation.

The tour continues in the afternoon at Pin Point Heritage Museum.  The museum tour begins with a film about the community and describes Gullah/Geechee culture, narrated by the residents who grew up in the small, close-knit community. The museum tour emphasizes the crabbing and oystering culture of early/mid 20th century Pin Point. The Pin Point community was founded in 1896 by groups of freedmen (formerly enslaved people) many of whom had lived and worked on Ossabaw Island both while enslaved and after emancipation.  Interpretive guide will be Gail Smith, a Pin Point resident and descendant of the Dilward family who founded Pin Point, and the Martin family whose relatives worked on Ossabaw in the 20th century.

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Trip basics:

Pre-registration required.

Ossabaw-Pin Point Tour
Saturday, August 17, 2019
Tickets:  Space is limited to 36 people on this tour. Reservations required.
Admission to Ossabaw and Pin Point Heritage Museum is free for this two-part tour. 
Transportation fee: $30 for boat to Ossabaw Island.  (Private boats are prohibited for this tour.)

Times: (Updated as of 8-7-19)
8:30am Ossabaw boat departure: 
12:30pm Ossabaw boat return time:
12:30pm - 2:00pm Lunch on your own (bring a picnic to Pin Point or at Rodney Hall Boat Ramp, or visit nearby restaurants in Sandlfy or southside Savannah.)
 2:00 - 3:30pm. Tour of Pin Point Heritage Museum.

Ossabaw Tour departure address: Rodney Hall Boat Ramp, 25 Diamond Causeway.
Pin Point Heritage Museum address: 9924 Pin Point Ave.  
Reservations for the two-part tour (including transportation tickets), are required.  Pin Point Heritage Museum tickets will be distributed at the check-in site in the morning.

The event is being held to mark the recent opening of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC). Three local sites are collaborating to honor Savannah’s African-American history.
 On Sunday, August 18, visit Massie Heritage Center, for free museum admission and family programming featuring Laban Carrick Hill’s award-winning children’s book, Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave. The book will be read in a recreated setting of a potter’s workshop and will be followed by a discussion. Hill’s work is a masterpiece that delves into cultural history and imagines the daily life and craft of Dave the Potter. It is fascinating to think that the author wrote this book by reimagining the life of Dave through the poetry that he wrote on his pots. This session aims to bring families and children closer to African American cultural history through the examination of artifacts and poetry. Children will have the opportunity to make their very own pots with clay that will be provided and write poetry as well. The 15-minute long story event is suitable for ages 4 - 12. The pottery and poetry activity is suitable for ages 5 - 12.

Massie Heritage Center: Children's Activities and free museum admission.
Tickets: Free and open to the public.
Times: 12:00pm - 4:00pm museum open.
1:00pm and 3:00pm Dave the Potter storytime.
Address: 207 E. Gordon St.
Information: 912-395-5070,,

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