savannah, days 3 & 4
We took a little tour of the city — just to get our bearings, but mostly to take refuge of the heat — and the tour guy mentioned a few times that “Savannah is a drinking town with an eating problem.” He wasn’t lying — there are some really amazing restaurants in this little town. It seems it has been our unofficial mission to try every one of them.
One of the best things we’ve done so far is take a tour of the Owens-Thomas House and Slave Quarters. Normally, I would have skipped visiting this sort of tourist attraction, because I have no interest in spending an hour of my time learning about “the glamour of the antebellum south,” while the stories of the enslaved go completely ignored. But this was different: this museum is committed to sharing the entire story of the house. In fact, before the tour even begins, you’re greeted by a wall that features all the names of the enslaved people who created the wealth for the families who owned the house, including blank spaces for those whose names were never recovered. When I talked to the tour guide afterwards to thank him for not sugar-coating the stories around the house, he didn’t even hesitate: “Of course,” he said. “I mean, of the 22 or so people who lived in this house, only 5 of them were white. Ignoring the stories of the enslaved wouldn’t be honest or even a complete story of this home.”
A really informative tour — well worth the visit.
And finally, a few more images of the last few days here:
More soon, friends.