The Museum's online exhibits provide supplemental information on subjects featured at or supported by Ships of the Sea. The intent of these online exhibits is to provide researched documentation to students, educators, and all parties interested in these materials.
The arrival of the slave ship Wanderer to the Georgia coast in 1859 was one of the most controversial events of its day. It involved, of course, a slave ship, a conspiracy, the hierarchy of both Savannah society and the United States government, over 40 years of failed U.S. policies, and a capital punishment trial.
Through this online exhibit the chronicle of the Wanderer is explored along with the historical context within which this intriguing story unfolded. The history of the slave trade is examined along with U.S. legislation regarding slavery such as the Abolition of the Slave Trade Law, the Fugitive Slave Act, and the Kansas-Nebraska Act. The influence of John Brown's abolitionist actions and the historic and stunning Dred Scott Supreme Court decision are also featured. Finally, the culpable actions of a group of radical Southerners known as the "Fire Eaters" are also revealed.
For Teachers: Suggested classroom assignment.
Ships of the Sea Museum presents an online exhibit featuring the West Broad Street School: one of the oldest city-supported schools for black students in Savannah. “A Thirst for Learning” chronicles the history of the William Scarbrough House as the West Broad Street School through text, vintage photographs, and video interviews with former students.