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Chatham County Historical Markers

Telfair Academy


  • Source: Ed Jackson
  • Marker: Telfair Academy
  • Location: Barnard and President Streets, Opposite St. James Square, Savannah, Ga.

TELFAIR ACADEMY OF

ARTS & SCIENCES

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC —

Created under the Will of Miss Mary Telfair (c. 1789-1875, the

Telfair Academy of Arts & Sciences opened as the first public

art museum in the Southeast with a preliminary private showing,

February 12, 1885.

After extensive remodeling and additions, with Detlef Lienau

of New York as architect, the building was formally dedicated

May 3, 1886. Among the prominent persons who attended the

dedication were: Jefferson Davis and his daughter, Winnie Davis;

Charles C. Jones, historian; Gen. A.R. Lawton; Gen. Henry R.

Jackson; Gen. G. Moxley Sorrel; Col. John Screven and Col. Charles

Olmstead

Carl L. Brandt, N.A., served as Telfair’s first Director, 1883-1905.

025-38B GEORGIA HISTORICAL COMMISSION 1956