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Savannah is a town of remarkable women - and always has been.
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Few Savannahians likely know their names at all. In this week-long series, GPB Savannah introduces five women whose names might be unfamiliar, though their legacies live on.
Beasley is known as the first African American nun in Georgia. She dedicated her life caring for orphans and bravely educating slaves when it was illegal to do so.
Continue reading The Pentagon announced in December it would open combat positions to women. It marked a major moment in the history of women in the US military - a history that goes back further than many realize.
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Many have never heard of Milledge but those who have like Kathyrn White, an advisor at the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace, are intrigued by her accomplishments and booming persona. She had been a very successful teacher and social worker who had been in all of the black neighborhoods of Savannah," says Hugh Golson, a retired history teacher and a cousin of Stiles Taylor.
She doubled his fortune and became a prominent land owner. Minis also provided funds and assistance to the rebels to help in the Revolutionary War. Operating before the civil rights era, her beauty school was a hub of social discussions and helped many black women gain financial independence.
It inspired women from all over the South to move to Savannah and attend. Mixed with Native American and European, she spoke both languages and helped promote peace and settle disagreements between natives and colonists. She went on to own several trading posts. Her most famous post was excavated inrevealing much about Native American culture.
Though born into slavery, Susie King Taylor, nee Baker, learned to read and write, first at illegal secret schools in Savannah and later with the also illegal help of white children she befriended. After marrying a soldier she traveled with that regiment throughout the Civil War. She served as a nurse, cook, and laundress for the regiment, and wrote a memoir detailing her experiences — making her the only one of many black women in similar situations whose story we know firsthand.
Mary Musgrove. Susie King Taylor. Addie Byrd Byers.
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