Thursday, April 20, 2017

Last Day in Savannah, Georgia

Don and my last day in Savannah was pretty laid-back. There is a free shuttle, called "The Dot," for visitors around the city, so we took the entire route. The second time we stopped in Forsyth Park and walked through it's scent garden and around the perimeter of the park. We found an interesting marker for Nina Anderson Pape (1869-1944), "a pioneer in women's education," according to the marker. A graduate of Columbia University, she worked for the education of poor and disadvantaged children in the Savannah area, started Georgia's first Kindergartens, and established a school called the Pape School which later became Savannah Country Day School. The first two Girl Scout Troops came from the Pape School.

As an educator, myself, I found the marker touching. While we stop to consider all the fallen soldiers and generals and railroad tycoons and wealthy cotton merchants of this illustrious town, let's not forget to consider our educators and their impact on our future generations and on society, as well. We teachers, and our contributions, are often too easily overlooked.

 In the evening we often strolled Savannah's River Street. The views of the river were always interesting, but often prettier at night, because Savannah is still a commercial port, so there are lots of cranes and tugboats and cargo ships, which aren't as pretty as the Riverboats plying the river day and night. The Waving Girl, a tribute to Florence Martus, still waves at all ships, day and night, along with her beloved Collie.

Savannah Riverboat Cruise at Dusk

Savannah's "Waving Girl," with her beloved dog

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