“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Savannah in Chatham County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)

Savannah State College

Savannah State College Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, January 23, 2005
1. Savannah State College Marker
Inscription. This state college was established in 1891 as the Georgia Industrial College for Colored Youths as an outgrowth of the Second Morrill Act of 1890 and an Act of the Georgia General Assembly, November 26, 1890, creating this institution as one of the original Negro land-grant colleges.

The initial session was held at the Baxter Street School in Athens from June to August, 1891. In October of the same year, the school sessions began on the present site. Its initial educational program was agricultural, mechanical and literary, and by 1898, the college was able to award it first degree.

It was the first public institution of higher learning to be established for Negroes in the state and now is a part of the University System of Georgia.

The first president (1891-1921) of the college was Major R. R. Wright who, when just a lad, was asked by General O. O. Howard of the Freedman’s Bureau what message should he take back to the people of the North. Young Wright’s famous answer was, “Just tell them, we are rising.” His answer inspired the poet, John Greenleaf Whittier to write the poem, “The Little Black Boy of Atlanta.”
Erected 1978 by Georgia Department of Natural Resources. (Marker Number 025-90.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
Location. 32° 1.418′ N, 81° 3.351′ W. Marker is in Savannah, Georgia, in Chatham County. Marker is at the intersection of College Avenue and Vernon Street, on the right when traveling north on College Avenue. Touch for map. The marker is just south of the Colson Adminstration Building. Marker is in this post office area: Savannah GA 31404, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Walter Bernard Hill Hall (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Roger Lacy (Lacey) (approx. 0.7 miles away); Mercer Auto Camp (approx. 1.3 miles away); The History of Victor B. Jenkins Jr. Memorial Boys Club (approx. 1˝ miles away); Fred Wessels, Senior (approx. 1.6 miles away); Colonials at Bonaventure (approx. 1.7 miles away); Isle of Hope (approx. 2.1 miles away); American Grand Prize Races (approx. 2.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Savannah.
Regarding Savannah State College. The website for the institution, now Savannah State University, is at
Also see . . .
1. Savannah State University web site. History of Savannah State University. (Submitted on July 30, 2009, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia.) 

2. Howard at Atlanta, a poem by John Greenleaf Whittier. The poem referred to on the marker. (Submitted on July 30, 2009, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.) 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 24, 2009, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 816 times since then and 19 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on July 24, 2009, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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