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Contact: Laura Waller, 912-786-8182 X 1101
SAVANNAH, GA – Join Fort Pulaski and other area cultural organizations and historic sites in honoring our community’s African American history, in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) for Lift Every Voice: Savannah’s African American Historic Sites Free Day. On Sunday, August 19th, Fort Pulaski will offer free admission and special programming highlighting the individual stories of enslaved people who escaped to Union lines following the recapture of the fort in April 1862. Visitors will have the opportunity to lift their own voices about what freedom and bravery mean to them.
Lift Every Voice, whose name comes from the historic song of the same name by James Weldon Johnson, began as a global initiative by the Smithsonian, encouraging partners, organizations, and individuals who study, love, or support African American history and culture to join NMAAHC in their inaugural year celebration (2016- 2017).
Schedule of Activities:
9:00-5:00 Self-guided African American History tour: pick up a tour map in the Visitor Center and explore on your own.
10:00-4:00 Lift Every Voice Room: Explore the stories of former enslaved people who took refuge on Cockspur and other islands nearby during the Civil War. Share your own story about a time you were brave or about a place that makes you feel free.
10:30 Ranger-Led Program: Guided Fort Tour
11:30 Ranger-Led Program: Let Freedom Ring? African American Experiences on Cockspur Island
2:00 Ranger-Led Program: Let Freedom Ring? African American Experiences on Cockspur Island
3:00 Ranger-Led Program: Guided Fort Tour
Fort Pulaski National Monument is located on U.S. Highway 80, 15 miles east of Savannah. For more information, please visit the park website at www.nps.gov/fopu or call (912) 786-5787. You can also follow the park on Instagram at www.instagram.com/FortPulaskiNPS, on Twitter at www.twitter.com/FortPulaskiNPS, or like the official Fort Pulaski National Monument Facebook page at www.facebook.com/FortPulaskiNPS.