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Savannah adds markers at city’s historic black settlements

February 24, 2019

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Officials in Georgia’s oldest city are calling attention to areas settled by freed slaves in the 19th century.

Savannah city officials on Friday unveiled four new historical markers in the White Bluff and Coffee Bluff areas as part of the Savannah Black Heritage Festival.

Both areas are south of Savannah’s downtown historic district. Their earliest settlers were former slaves from St. Catherines, Ossabaw and Sapelo Islands off the Georgia coast.

A news release says Savannah City Council members approved a petition by the local Crusaders Club to install the four markers. Each marker is near a waterway to show how the black settlers relied on access to the water to survive.

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