Historical Marker Dedication Presented by the Georgia Historical Society: Robert Sengstacke Abbott Boyhood Home(10:30AM)
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Historical Marker Dedication Presented by the Georgia Historical Society: Robert Sengstacke Abbott Boyhood Home
10:30AM on Tue, Aug 26, 2008
At the corner of West Bay and Albion Streets, Savannah, GA
Georgia Historical Society and the City of Savannah
The Georgia Historical Society along with the City of Savannah invite you to a historical marker dedication for the Robert Sengstacke Abbott Boyhood Home.
From 1878 to 1889, Robert Sengstacke Abbott lived in the parsonage of Pilgrim Congregational Church, once located on this site. His stepfather, John H.H. Sengstacke, minister of the church, published the Woodville Times. Abbott learned the printing trade here and developed his commitment to equal rights for African Americans. In 1905, he founded the Chicago Defender, a newspaper that revolutionized African-American journalism. He fought to abolish Jim Crow laws and establish a non-discriminatory society. The Defender played a major role in initiating the Great Migration (1915-1919) of approximately 1.3 million blacks to northern cities.
For more information about this event please contact Charles Snyder at 912.651.2125, ext. 40.