Historic Markers Across Georgia



Joel Chandler Harris in Savannah 1870—1876



Marker ID: GHS 25-15
Location: Bay St. across from Savannah Morning News Bldg.
County: Chatham
Coordinates: N 32° 04.884    W 081° 05.548
  32.0814    -81.09246
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM2E6J
Joel Chandler Harris in Savannah 1870—1876 Marker  



Text:

Joel Chandler Harris (1845-1908), New South journalist and author of Uncle Remus tales, Free Joe, and many other works, was associate editor of the Savannah Morning News from 1870 until 1876, under William Tappan Thompson, an established writer of southern humor. He published comic stories in his Affairs of Georgia column, which was often reprinted around the state. Rooming at the Florida House, which merged in 1880 with the Marshall House on East Broughton Street, Harris married Esther LaRose in 1873. The couple and their tow children left Savannah in 1876 to avoid the yellow fever epidemic. Harris served from 1876 until 1900 as associate editor of the Atlanta Constitution.

2003.5 Erected by the Georgia Historical Society, the Joel Chandler Harris Association, the Marshall House, and the Savannah Morning News 25-15



 

 

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