“Henry Historical” Meets Storytelling Made in Savannah!

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First flag of Independence scene in Johnson Square (ca. 1860)

First flag of Independence scene in Johnson Square (ca. 1860)

The first flag of independence raised in the South, by the citizens of Savannah, Ga. November 8th, 1860 / drawn by Henry Cleenewerck, Savannah, Ga. ; lithographed by R.H. Howell, Savannah, Ga. A view of the public meeting in Johnson Square, Savannah, prompted by news of Lincoln’s election, where a resolution was adopted for a state secession convention. In the nocturnal scene, the square is crowded with animated spectators surrounding an obelisk, where a banner emblazoned with the image of a coiled rattlesnake and the words “Our Motto Southern Rights, Equality of the States, Don’t Tread on Me” is displayed. The scene is lit by fireworks and a bonfire. [Source: Library of Congress]

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