African American Monument Unveiled in Savannah

Savannah's first monument honoring the Coastal Empire's African American heritage has been unveiled. Now, a bronze and granite statue depicting a black family graces Savannah's River Street. The African American monument has been a dream for more than a decade. Now, it's finally being realized.

"It took eleven years to get to this point," said Dr. Johnny Jones, who organized the monument project. The monument was placed near the river, on the ground where many African Americans first stepped foot.

"It's been a very long journey to get here," said Dorothy Radford Spradley, the monument's artist.

"Actually I don't have the words to say, to tell you about the impact on what this monument will have on people, on this city, on the United States," said Dr. Jones.  "It's a creation that will reflect the past the present and the future."

"You want people to enjoy it, to look at it, get meaning from it and I hope that will be true of this and there will be much meaning," said Spradley.

Dr. Jones said, "I can remember going over some papers before I got here this time and the title was group hopes to erect a monument and so it is."

The monument will now stand to remind future generations of their roots and culture. It took eleven years of planning for the monument to finally be unveiled on River Street. The monument's organizers are still trying to raise more than 250-thousand dollars to pay for it.