Monday, January 27, 2014


With Black History month approaching ever so fast, we at the UGA Press are very excited about the publication and launch events for SLAVERY AND FREEDOM IN SAVANNAH, edited by Leslie M. Harris and Daina Ramey Berry. This book is a richly illustrated, accessibly written book modeled on the very successful Slavery in New York, a volume Leslie Harris coedited with Ira Berlin. Here Harris and Daina Ramey Berry have collected a variety of perspectives on slavery, emancipation, and black life in Savannah from the city’s founding to the early twentieth century. Written by leading historians of Savannah, Georgia and the South, the volume includes a mix of longer thematic essays and shorter sidebars focusing on individual people, events, and places.

In collaboration with Telfair Museums, some events we have scheduled for the release include:

February 8 - August 31, 2014
Location: Jepson Center for the Arts, Savannah, GA
Description: Slavery & Freedom in Savannah Exhibition

Telfair Museums presents Slavery and Freedom in Savannah exhibition in conjunction with the newly published book of the same title. The exhibition’s images, documentary accounts and objects from Telfair Museums and other collections provide a deeper understanding of our collective American past. The exhibition also presents objects that tell stories into the 20th century, highlighting Savannah-only histories and representing some contemporary interpretations of the African American experience in Savannah and America. For more information, click here.

Wednesday, February 12 @ 6:00 PM 
Location: Jepson Center for the Arts, Savannah, GA
Description: Launch and Reception

This event will celebrate the publication of Slavery and Freedom in Savannah with a launch party and reception. The Windsor Forest Troubadours and Knights of Harmony will give a choral performance, followed by a presentation by the book’s editors, nationally-recognized scholars Leslie M. Harris of Emory University and Daina Ramey Berry of the University of Texas. The Friends of the Owens-Thomas House are generous hosts of the reception, open to general membership and guests. Includes light appetizers and cash bar for beer and wine. For more information, click here.