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.
Open now in hinesville! Special Exhibit
“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
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!
Exhibit located at the Liberty County Historical Society office at 101 N. Commerce St in downtown Hinesville. Hours (starting May 6): Thursday through Saturday, 10-2 p.m (with entrance limited to 6 people at a time).
Free admission! Masks are mandatory.
WSAV featured the exhibit in a special article!
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.
American Battlefield Trust, the premiere American battlefield preservation foundation, recognized Susie King Taylor Women's Institute and Ecology Center executive director Hermina Glass-Hill as someone #YouShouldKnow in May 2021.
The Susie King Taylor Women's Institute and Ecology Center received an "Award of Excellence" in June 2021 from the Coastal Museum Association for "Excellence in Outreach and Collaboration." This award recognizes collaborative projects that focus on reaching the community with high quality historical/cultural programming, in this case the Institute's leadership role in creation of the Susie King Taylor Historical Marker. The marker is located at the First Midway Presbyterian Church cemetery in Midway, Liberty County, and is the only historical marker for Susie King Taylor in her home county.