Demolition of historic Savannah church linked to civil rights movement

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SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) – A historic church linked to the civil rights movement was demolished on Wednesday just outside of downtown Savannah’s historic district.

Locals say they are upset that this building is not there to teach future generations.

“You witness the destruction of history. “

Dr Jamal Touré describes what he is looking at. A late 19th century church that played an important role, torn off.

“This is the erasure of black history in Savannah,” he said. “It was Savannah who was the center of civil rights in the state of Georgia.”

Ryan Arvay of the Historic Savannah Foundation says it happens to a bunch of old structures.

“Savannah has a lot of historic neighborhoods, but only a handful of them are actually protected,” Arvay said.

He says if he was a few hundred feet across the street he would probably be more protected.

“Just because it’s outside the historic district, no one asked the right questions, no one looked at the history, no one discussed the age of the building or the role it played. ‘he was playing in the community. “

It is important to note that the City of Savannah says they do not own this building or land, so they are not the ones doing the demolition. We are working to contact the owner of the property to ask what the decision is to demolish the building and what the plans are for the site.

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