A presentation on newly-discovered information about three slaves on Ossabaw Island will highlight the 2014 Annual Meeting of the Ossabaw Island Foundation on Thursday, January 9.
Paul Pressly, Director of the Ossabaw Island Education Alliance, will share the stories of Hercules, Betty & Titus, three enslaved people who lived and worked on Ossabaw in the late 18th century. Hercules and Betty successfully escaped Ossabaw together, while Titus escaped and was recaptured several times.
What: The Ossabaw Island Foundation’s Annual Meeting and a celebration of the 101st birthday of Eleanor “Sandy” West, a former owner and current resident of Ossabaw Island. (Sandy West will speak via teleconference to those gathered at the meeting.)
- Keynote: Hercules, Betty and Titus: New Revelations on Ossabaw Slaves, by Paul Pressly, Ossabaw Island Education Alliance.
- Presentation of the Ossabaw Fellow Award to Mark Finlay, in memoriam.
- Live from Ossabaw Island: A Video Conversation with Sandy West, followed by cake in honor of Sandy’s birthday.
When: Thursday, January 9, 2014
6:00 P.M. Reception.
7:00 P.M. Annual meeting & Sandy West birthday celebration.
8:00 P.M. Birthday cake & coffee.
Where: Coastal Georgia Center, 305 Fahm Street, Savannah
Hosted by: The Ossabaw Island Foundation
Sponsor: Live Oak Restaurants / Ansley & Sharon Williams
Fees: The reception and annual meeting are free and open to the public.
Contact: Elizabeth DuBose, Executive Director, Elizabeth@ossabawisland.org
ABOUT OSSABAW ISLAND:
Ossabaw Island is a 26,000-acre undeveloped barrier island on the Atlantic Ocean, owned by the State of Georgia and located in Chatham County. Georgia’s first Heritage Preserve, accessible only by boat, is undeveloped and set aside by an Executive Order for natural, scientific and cultural study, research and education; and for environmentally sound preservation, conservation and management of the island’s ecosystem.
ABOUT THE OSSABAW ISLAND FOUNDATION:
The Ossabaw Island Foundation (TOIF) is a non-profit 501(c)3. Through a partnership with the State of Georgia, TOIF inspires, promotes, and manages exceptional educational, cultural, and scientific programs that are designed to maximize the experience of Ossabaw Island, while minimizing the impact on the island’s resources.
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