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Telfair Museum of Art (Savannah, GA 31401-3612)
Shannon Browning-Mullis (Project Director: January 2017 to present)

The Owens-Thomas House: Interpreting the Dynamics of Urban Slavery in the South

Implementation of a new interpretation of the Owens-Thomas House to tell the stories of the free and enslaved people who lived and worked in the house during the 1820s-40s.

Telfair Museums seeks a $400,000 NEH Historic Places implementation grant to reinterpret its Owens-Thomas House and Slave Quarters, transforming this National Historic Landmark through exhibits on the slave economy, gender dynamics, and the impacts of urban slavery in the South. Scheduled to take 1.5 years to complete with a total budget of $872,706, this reinterpretation plan builds on more than 20 years of humanities scholarship, including Telfair’s national-award-winning project Slavery and Freedom in Savannah, which launched one of the country’s first full-scale attempts to tell the story of urban slavery in the South. Through this grant, Telfair will employ hands-on education galleries, interactive exhibits, audio recordings, historical artifacts, and original documents to engage students and families in an honest exploration of how urban slavery informed social, domestic, and economic relationships in the South, and how the legacy of slavery influences the nation today.

Project fields:
African American History; Architecture; Cultural History

Historic Places: Implementation

Public Programs

Total amounts:
$250,000 (approved)
$250,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
8/1/2017 – 12/31/2018