Owens Thomas House

Vicki Scharfberg / Telfair Museums

Telfair Museums' Owens-Thomas House and Slave Quarters plans to reveal the newly-refurbished slave quarters at the Regency-era mansion to the public on Saturday, Nov. 17.

Shannon Browning-Mullis, curator of history and decorative arts for Telfair Museums, said this unveiling is a chance to finally tell the full story of the people, both free and enslaved, who lived on the property.

We spoke with her about how the museum uncovered the stories of enslaved people like Emma, the Owen's nanny, and Diane, the Owen's cook. She explained how learning about their history helps to examine the roots of inequality in American society.

Savannah’s Owens-Thomas House was recently awarded $250,000 by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The money will continue renovations and reinterpretations of the property’s museum. We talk with Daina Berry, Associate Professor of History at the University of Texas. Berry has authored and edited a number of books on slavery in the South. We also talk to Leslie Harris, Professor of History at Northwestern University. Harris and Berry co-edited “Slavery and Freedom in Savannah.”