WHAT: W.W. Law’s Influence on Today’s Preservation Landscape in Savannah: A Panel Discussion. Historic Savannah Foundation (HSF) and the City of Savannah have partnered to host a panel discussion in honor of W.W. Law Preservation Week. The City Research Library & Municipal Archives will display a photo exhibit from the W.W. Law Collection that features photographs, correspondence and awards that reflect Law’s preservation work.
Born in Savannah on January 1, 1923, W.W. Law served as president of the Savannah chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) from 1950 until 1976, when he turned his attention to the preservation of African American history, historic buildings and sites. He established the Savannah-Yamacraw Branch of the Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History, the Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum, the King-Tisdell Cottage Museum, and the Beach Institute of African American Culture. He was widely known as “Mr. Civil Rights.”
WHO: Panelists include:
● Richard “Dicky” Mopper, co-owner of Engel & Völkers Savannah and advocate of the City’s Landmark Historic District. He was a founder of the Downtown Neighborhood Association and the Downtown Business Association and currently serves as chair of the Savannah Development and Renewal Authority.
● W. John Mitchell, past chair of HSF’s Board of Trustees and the Savannah Historic District Board of Review. Retired since 2011 from the nonprofit New Legacy Community Development Corp., he developed more than 35 affordable new homes for low-to-moderate income Savannah residents.
● Melissa Jest, African American program coordinator for the Georgia Historic Preservation Division. She also serves as liaison to the Georgia African American Preservation Network.
WHEN: Monday, September 19, 2016
6 p.m., reception to follow
WHERE: Kennedy Pharmacy
323 E. Broughton Street
Savannah, GA 31401
COST: Free; reservations required
RESERVATIONS: Seating is limited, and reservations must be made with Luciana Spracher at LSpracher@savannahga.gov or 912-651-6411.
MORE INFORMATION: For more information, visit www.myhsf.org or call 912-233-7787.
ABOUT HISTORIC SAVANNAH FOUNDATION:
Historic Savannah Foundation is a non-profit historic preservation organization supported by a strong and dedicated membership. HSF was established in 1955 in order to save the 1820 Isaiah Davenport House from demolition. From this initial project, Historic Savannah Foundation launched a Revolving Fund which has since saved 360+ buildings. The mission of Historic Savannah Foundation is to preserve and protect Savannah’s heritage through advocacy, education and community involvement. For more information, visit www.myHSF.org or www.DavenportHouseMuseum.org.
Susan Hancock or Nancy Fullbright
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