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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

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Hinesville, GA. In honor of Juneteenth and freedom, the award-winning Susie King Taylor Museum in Hinesville will be open to the public on June 19th from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. "Juneteenth" is a federal holiday that commemorates the day when 250,000 African-descended slaves in Galveston, Texas were declared free by U.S. Major General Gordon Granger on June 19, 1865.

The word "Juneteenth is a blending of "June" and "Nineteenth". While many African American communities across the country had already been observing the day as "Jubilee Day", "Independence Day", or "Freedom Day" for more than a century, it was officially made a law on June 19, 2021 when President Joe Biden passed the "Juneteenth National Independence Day Act."

"Juneteenth is a joyous occasion to celebrate freedom at the award-winning Susie King Taylor Museum" said Hermina Glass-Hill, executive director. "The Susie King Taylor Museum is named for one of Georgia's native daughters. Young Susie was a Gullah Geechee girl enslaved in Midway (Isle of Wight) and Savannah until 1862 when she successfully escaped the horrors of slavery from the Grest Plantation in Liberty County during the Civil War."

Susie King Taylor Honored by Georgia's Governor

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The Susie King Taylor Women's Institute and Ecology Center is very honored and grateful to Governor Brian Kemp for the Governor's Commendation honoring Georgia's native daughter - Susannah "Susie" King Taylor and her Escape To Freedom on April 13, 1862. The governor also noted in this Commendation Georgia Historical Society, New Georgia Encyclopedia, and the Georgia Women of Achievement Recognition awarded to Susie King Taylor in 2018.

Georgia State Rep. Al Williams supports the rich history of Liberty County, Georgia and he made this Commendation possible. Thank you for representing this district and its history in the Georgia State Capitol.

Thank you to the communities near and far beyond who have supported the work of the Susie King Taylor Women's & Ecology Center for the last past seven years.

Hermina Glass-Hill, MHP
President, Liberty County Historical Society
Founder & Executive Director
Susie King Taylor Women's Institute & Ecology Center
Midway, Liberty County, GA

Taylor Square Dedicated in Savannah

Taylor Square In Savannah, named after the formerly enslaved Civil War nurse Susie King Taylor, was formally dedicated on February 11, 2024. Susie King Taylor Women's Institute and Ecology Center Executive Director Hermina Glass-Hill represented the Insitute at the day-long celebration, attended by Savannah Mayor Van Johnson and hundreds of others. She told WJCL in Savannah, "Congratulations to the city of Savannah, the citizens of Savannah, the citizens of our nation for this history-making moment, this revolutionary act of unity in Savannah's community." 

Institute Executive Director Hermina Glass-Hill was interviewed by the Made of Savannah podcast. Listen to her explain Susie King Taylor's story and relate her own deep personal connection and commitment to telling her story locally, nationally and internationally. 

visit the institute's permanent exhibit in hinesville


Susie King

Taylor: Geechee


of Freedom

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 is celebrated locally in her birthplace in an exhibit in her home state and in her home county-Liberty County, Georgia!  

This permanent exhibit is titled:  "SUSIE KING TAYLOR: Our Town. Our Geechee Heroine of Freedom. Our American Patriot of Liberty." 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. 

Free admission! Masks are mandatory.

Open by appointment only. Contact us for an appointment. 

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The Susie King Taylor Women's Institute and Ecology Center is honored to have been a recipient of a 2022 grant from the 1772 Foundation. The grant funds were used to facilitate  programs on climate change, environmental justice, and the resilience of Geechee communities in Georgia. 

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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

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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."

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The Georgia Historical Society selected the Susie King Taylor Women's Institute and Ecology Center as its "2022 Afiliate Chapter of the Year." 

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