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
Savannah to dedicate Taylor Square on Feb. 10
The City of Savannah will be dedicating Taylor Square -- named after Susie King Taylor -- on February 10, 2024. The ceremonies will included a dedication ceremony at 11 a.m. and around noon, the unveiling of the new Taylor Square sign. From 12-2 p.m. the community will celebrate the renaming of the former Calhoun Square with local musical acts, dancers and educational tables, including a table hosted by the Susie King Taylor Women's Institute and Ecology Center. Beginning at 6 p.m., there will be a reflection with libations and music.
“This will be a momentous day for Savannah and for our nation,” Mayor Van R. Johnson, II said. “For the first time in our 290-year history, we will have a square name honoring a person of color, a woman, and a formerly enslaved person. I am proud of the work that has been done by our community and the Savannah City Council to adequately honor those who have too often been forgotten by history books. We’re excited for the unveiling event. We invite everyone to join us as we continue to make history.”
visit the institute's permanent exhibit in hinesville
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.
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.
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.