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Savannah in Chatham County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Johnson Square

 
 
Johnson Square Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2008
1. Johnson Square Marker
Inscription. Johnson Square is named for Governor Robert Johnson of South Carolina who befriended the colonists when Georgia was first settled. It was laid out by Oglethorpe and by Colonel William Bull in 1733, and was the first of Savannah's squares. In early colonial days the public stores, the house for strangers, the church, and the public bake oven stood on the trust lots around it.

Events of historic interest are associated with Johnson Square: Here in 1735, head Chief of the Creek Nation, recited the origin myth of the Creeks. In 1737, the Rev. John Wesley, after futile efforts to bring to trail certain indictments against him growing out of his ministry at Savannah, posted a public notice in this square that he intended to return to England. The Declaration of Independence was read here to an enthusiastic audience, August 10, 1776.

In 1819 a ball was given for President James Monroe in a pavilion erected in the Square. Eminent men who have spoken here include: the Marquis de LaFayette, (1825); Henry Clay (1847), and Daniel Webster (1848). Beneath the Nathanael Greene monument rest the remains of the famous Revolutionary General and his son.
 
Erected 1955 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 025-38A.)
 
Marker series.
Johnson Square Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, February 2008
2. Johnson Square Marker
This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
 
Location. 32° 4.813′ N, 81° 5.487′ W. Marker is in Savannah, Georgia, in Chatham County. Marker is on Bull Street near West Bryan Street. Touch for map. Located in Johnson Square. Marker is in this post office area: Savannah GA 31401, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Savannah Historic District ( here, next to this marker); Washington’s Southern Tour ( within shouting distance of this marker); Nathanael Greene Monument ( within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Johnson Square ( within shouting distance of this marker); John Herndon Mercer 1909 - 1976 ( within shouting distance of this marker); John Wesley ( within shouting distance of this marker); Christ Church ( within shouting distance of this marker); City Plan of Savannah ( within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Savannah.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Other markers located in Johnson's Square.
 
Categories. Colonial EraLandmarksNotable Places
 
Johnson Square Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, November 9, 2008
3. Johnson Square Marker
Nathanael Greene Monument image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, February 2008
4. Nathanael Greene Monument
Located in The Center of the Square
Christ Church image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, February 2008
5. Christ Church
Also located at the Square
Johnson Square , The Johnny Mercer Bench image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, November 9, 2008
6. Johnson Square , The Johnny Mercer Bench
In an easily overlooked SE corner of Johnson Square, sits a marble bench, a new and dramatic symbol of one of Savannah's favorite sons, Johnny Mercer.
 
 
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