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Reflecting on Maya Angelou's impact on River Street

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

Many in the Savannah are reflecting on the life of author and poet Maya Angelou.

Angelou had an influence on the slavery monument located on River Street. Her quote is engraved on the monument of a bronze statue of a black family with broken chains at their feet, where the first slaves came into Georgia.

Angelou gained fame with her autobiography, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.

She traveled the world spreading hope with her poetry and inspirational speeches.

After being assaulted at age seven by her mother's boyfriend, Angelou did not speak for five years, but once she opened her mouth, her tongue became the pen of a skillful poet.

While Maya Angelou's soaring spirit, charm and determination has been lost, her work and legacy will live forever, and that's comforting for many in our area.

"Her quotes, her poetry, her words inspired women, inspired men, such as myself," said Terrance Ross. "She was a beautiful person and spirit. Her life was amazing. She will be tragically missed around this country, around this world actually."

Angelou also spoke at Georgia Southern and SCAD's commencement ceremonies back in the 1990s.

She was 86.

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