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.
Happy Birthday, Susie!
"HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SUSIE!" by Hermina Glass-Hill. Yes, our executive director has written a book about Susie King Taylor!
This book is the cutest animated children's story about Georgia's Gullah Geechee heroine of freedom, Susie King Taylor. It tells the story of Susie's life through slavery and freedom. It celebrates family and flying Africans, coastal ecology and unity in the community.
It is edutainment that will keep you and your scholars engaged, thinking, hopeful!
It is sure to light the imagination of adults and children alike during these dark and challenging times!
Make your reservation$ today for Black History Month, Women's History Month, Juneteenth, History conferences, you name it! It's so good! Who needs an occasion!
Educators, conference facilitators, art teachers, media specialists, churches, please work this Author's Reading Time into your 2021 budgets.
Stay tuned for 2021 Reading Time pay-per-view webinars sponsored by the Susie King Taylor Women's Institute and Ecology Center.
All proceeds and/or donations will be used for the construction of an Underground Railroad and Freedom museum for Susie King Taylor in her hometown in Liberty County, GA!