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Savannah’s Ships of the Sea Museum opens doors for free nighttime tour

  • Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum
  • Claire Frazier

Savannah’s Ships of the Sea Museum opens doors for free nighttime tour

07 Nov 2017

Ships of the Sea’s Museum in the Moonlight on Nov. 10 is a free nighttime open house that allows visitors to walk through the Scarbrough House and Gardens, which will be softly illuminated.

This year’s theme is the West Broad Street School, one of the city’s earliest schools for African American students, which was housed at the Scarbrough House from 1873 to 1962.

A permanent text panel commemorating the school will be unveiled, and all six panels from the initial exhibition in 2011 also will be displayed.

A slideshow of the history of the school will be screened during the evening. Former students are encouraged to share their stories of the school in an on-site videotaping.

“This is the 11th year for Museum in the Moonlight,” says Wendy Melton, curator and interpretive specialist for the museum. “Around this time in November, we open the museum at night free to the public to tour.”

The revealing of the panel will be the highlight of the evening.

“We are installing a permanent text panel on the history of the West Broad Street School,” Melton says. “This building was the school.”

Refreshments will be available in the garden with Jamaican cuisine provided by Sweet Spice food truck. Beverages also will be served.

“Usually, we have a musical component that is local,” Melton says. “This year, we have Claire Frazier, a local jazz vocalist, and pianist Frank Bright.

“We did a temporary exhibit on the West Broad Street School in 2011 and she did the opening,” Melton says. “It’s a great evening, a great environment.”


What: Museum in the Moonlight

When: 7-9 p.m. Nov. 10

Where: Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum, 41 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Cost: Free

Info:, 912-232-1511