Historic Markers Across Georgia



Robert Sengstacke Abbott



Marker ID: GHS 25-33
Location: The marker is on the site of Abbott's boyhood home at the corner of Albion and West Bay streets in the Woodville neighborhood.
County: Chatham
Coordinates: N 32° 05.675    W 081° 08.206
  32.094578    -81.136767
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM4K17
Robert Sengstacke Abbott Marker  



Text:

Robert Sengstacke Abbott Boyhood Home
Founder of the Chicago Defender
From 1878 to 1889, Robert Sengstacke Abbott lived in the parsonage of Pilgrim Congregational Church, once located on this site. His stepfather John H. H. Sengstacke, minister of the church, published the Woodville Times. Abbott learned the printing trade here and developed his commitment to equal rights for African-Americans. In 1905, he founded the Chicago Defender, a newspaper that revolutionized African-American journalism. He fought to abolish Jim Crow laws and establish a non-discriminatory society. The Defender played a major role in initiating the Great Migration (1915-1919) of approximately 1.3 million blacks to northern cities.

Erected by the Georgia Historical Society and the City of Savannah

2008.7 25-33



 
Notes:

http://savannahnow.com/node/560014#comments The marker is on the site of Abbott's boyhood home at the corner of Albion and West Bay streets in the Woodville neighborhood. The vacant lot there today once housed Pilgrim Congregational Church.

 

025-HS33