Pin Point community important piece of Savannah’s black heritage

Black History Month: Pin Point Community

PIN POINT, GA (WTOC) - Nestled under the Spanish Moss right on the Moon River you will find one of the most beautiful and historic neighborhoods in Savannah.

I spoke with two Pin Point natives about why their story is so important to Savannah's history.

“There’s no place like Pin Point,” Hanif Haynes said. “My great grandfather is credited with settling this community in 1897 so I have a family connection that's in the blood.”

Haynes ancestors, from being enslaved to developing a place they could call their own.

“This group of people, coming from Ossabaw, 20 to 30 years out of slavery...working as sharecroppers...community development in Savannah's history isn't really talked about.”

One of Haynes cousins', Stephanie Anderson, lives just down the road.

“I just can't get away from it, being able to be around family, close friends, childhood friends,” Anderson said.

Each year, thousands of visitors flock to Pin Point to experience the community's rich history. A history, Anderson is proud of.

“So many different black owned areas are being snuffed away. But we are just holding on to this area, now that it's historic it's a blessing to show it off when people come,” she said.

Both Haynes and Anderson hope that a hundred years from now, their ancestors will be remembered for their sacrifice and determination.

“A lot of names get faded away in history. I’d like our youth to stay proud, remain independent and remember the elders.”

You might know Pin Point best for its Seafood Festival every fall, but there’s another big event you can’t miss. For more information on Arts & Oysters, click here.

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