The Susie King Taylor Women's Institute and Ecology Center, located and grounded in Midway, coastal Georgia, is devoted to honoring the memory of American Heroine of Freedom, Susannah "Susie" Baker King Taylor, also known as Susie King Taylor.
“There are many people who do not know what colored women did during the war.”
~ Susie King Taylor in Reminiscences of My Life in Camp with the 33rd United States Colored Troops, 1902
While enslaved on the Isle of Wight (now Midway) in Liberty County, Georgia, she escaped the bondage of slavery on April 13, 1862 during the War Between the States - The American Civil War.
The exceptionalism exemplified in her life can be explained by the Divine belief systems cultivated and practiced within her Geechee family and community, her grandmother's broad social connections across plantations and within towns like Savannah in coastal Georgia, and through her intellect, will, and ability to observe the natural and social world around her.
The quote from her memoir,"There are many people who do not know what colored women did during the war," Reminiscences of My Life in Camp with the 33rd United States Colored Troops, resonates deeply throughout our mission and goals at the Institute and it guides the programming facilitated by the Institute.
We hear and we respond to our American Heroine of Freedom - our Ancestor - calling us through the spirit and desperation of her words. In them, she beckons us to unfurl each page of Reminiscences, to cultivate her garden of experiences with care, and to water the seeds which she planted more than one hundred and fifty years ago.
Opening April 24th! Special Exhibit
As founder and executive director of the Susie King Taylor Women's Institute and Ecology Center, I am excited and humbled to share this announcement.
For her heroism, bravery, courage, and trailblazing leadership during and after the American Civil War.
Susie King Taylor is celebrated nationally in the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. and on the Women's History Trail in Boston, Massachusetts.
Now, Susie will be celebrated locally in her birthplace in a new exhibit in her home state, in her in home county-Liberty County, Georgia!
The new exhibit is titled: "SUSIE KING TAYLOR: Our Town. Our Geechee Heroine of Freedom. Our American Patriot of Liberty." We hope you will join us in celebrating our namesake, our Geechee Heroine of Freedom, Our American Patriot of Liberty!
The Grand Opening will be April 24, 2021 at 1:00PM at the Liberty County Historical Society located at 101 Commerce Street, Hinesville, Georgia. Admission is free but reservations are required in order to maintain social distancing. Masks are mandatory. Available dates are Saturday, April 24 (admission at 1, 3 & 5 p.m.), Saturday, May 1 (admission at 1, 3 & 5 p.m.), and Sunday, May 2 (admission at 1, 3 & 5 p.m.). After May 2, normal hours will be Thursday through Saturday, 12-4 p.m (with entrance limited to 6 people at a time).
Reserve your tickets below!
the story of plastic: movie screening & community discussion
“Plastic Free Savannah, a community coalition, is hosting a Story of Plastic Movie Screening and Community Discussion in honor of Earth Day on April 21, 7:00pm EST! Hear from local experts, Paulita Bennett-Martin of Oceana, Hermina Glass-Hill of Susie King Taylor Women’s Institute and Ecology Center and Georgia Interfaith Power and Light, and Dr. Joe Pfaller of The Caretta Research Project to discuss their experiences and ways you too can fight the plastic pollution crisis in our Savannah community. Register at: www.tinyurl.com/SOPevent for an exclusive movie code and zoom link!”