Savannah in Chatham County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Telfair Academy of Arts & Sciences
Created under the Will of Miss Mary Telfair (c. 1789-1875), the Telfair Academy of Arts & Sciences opened as the first public art museum in the Southeast with a preliminary private showing February 12, 1885.
After extensive remodeling and additions, with Detlef Lienau of New York as architect, the building was formally dedicated May 3, 1886. Among the prominent persons who attended the dedication were: Jefferson Davis and his daughter, Winnie Davis; Charles C. Jones, historian; General A.R. Lawton; General Henry R. Jackson; General G. Moxley Sorrel; Col. John Screven and Col. Charles Olmstead.
Carl L. Brandt, N.A., served as Telfair’s first Director, 1883-1905.
Erected 1956 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 025-38B.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
Location. 32° 4.725′ N, 81° 5.698′ W. Marker is in Savannah, Georgia, in Chatham County. Marker is on Barnard Street near President Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Located opposite St. James Square. Marker is in this post office area: Savannah GA 31401, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least Telfair Academy (a few steps from this marker); Trinity Methodist Church (a few steps from this marker); Telfair Family Mansion (a few steps from this marker); Wesley Chapel Trinity / John Wesley's American Parish (within shouting distance of this marker); George Washington (within shouting distance of this marker); John Wesley (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Tondee's Tavern (about 600 feet away); Flame of Freedom / Relighting the Flame (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Savannah.
Regarding Telfair Academy of Arts & Sciences. Due to the popularity of the novel, Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil by John Berendt, and movie, the Bird Girl Statue had to be removed from the Bonaventure Cemetery and can now be viewed at the Telfair Museum of Art in Savannah.
Originally a family townhouse; became a free art museum in 1886
It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1976
Categories. • Arts, Letters, Music •
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