One of the most fascinating things about Savannah is the Gullah/Geechee Culture. The Gullah/Geechee is one of America's most unique cultures, a tradition first shaped by captive Africans brought to the southern United States from West Africa and continued in later generations by their descendants. Gullah/Geechee is also what their language is called, a type of creolization of the English spoke by their African forefathers. Their contribution to Savannah’s history is immense due to the preservation of their African culture and heritage. Explore the various monuments, and learn little know African American facts about the Savannah area. Tours of the area provide stimulating, informative, and enlightening facts and ideas. You may even become a little inspired after a journey.
There are a number of companies that offer in-depth tours the area and this area and culture. For example, Day Clean Tours in Savannah has a short half day tour focusing on the Gullah. Gullah as well as African-American History tours. The Gullah Heritage Trail Tour company operates out of Hilton Head Island, a short 30 miles away for a different region known for the same culture.
In Savannah, head into the Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum for more African American history. The Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum chronicles the civil rights struggle of Georgia's oldest African-American community from slavery to the present. Three floors of historic photographic and interactive exhibits provide a glimpse of what life was like during the civil rights struggle in Savannah and in Georgia. The museum also features lecture halls, classrooms, a video/reading room, and an African-American book collection for children and a gift shop.
Bonus Tip: Visit the King Tisdale Cottage Foundation. It’s dedicated to the preservation of African American history and culture. The cottage is named for Eugene and Sarah King, and Mrs. King’s second husband, Robert Tisdell, former owners of the cottage. It contains many interesting artifacts and is furnished with period pieces typical of a coastal black residence of the 1890s. The works of African-American sculptor Ulysses Davis (1913-1990) are featured here and at the Beach Institute.
Bonus Tip: The Beach Institute is Savannah's first school built after Emancipation, specifically for African Americans. It was built in 1867 by the Freedmen's Bureau and primarily funded by the American Missionary Association. The school was named in honor of Alfred E. Beach - Editor of Scientific American Magazine and inventor of the typewriter and the first New York subway system, who donated funds to purchase the site.