Historic Cuyler-Brownsville Buildings Recognized

It was a big day for the Cuyler-Brownsville neighborhood. Historic markers were unveiled for two buildings that have great significance in the African-American community. WTOC was there for the ceremony as the community came together to honor the past.

"Charity Hospital was a beacon of health for us when we got sick," said alderman David Jones. "We knew we could go there for the nurses and doctors and we enjoyed it."

The Charity Hospital was the first hospital in Savannah to train African-American doctors and nurses, and right down the street, Florance School was the first public school specifically for African-American students. Today, both buildings were recognized for their contributions.

"These institutions were built a time in Savannah and Georgia was divided along racial lines, so it's great to see white and black coming together to celebrate a common past," Todd Groce with the Georgia Historical Society said.

The common past of two buildings opened doors for many people so many years ago, and continues to provide support for the community today. Mercy Housing turned the historic buildings into affordable housing just a few years ago.

Reported by: Hena Daniels, hdaniels@wtoc.com