|432 Calhoun, Savannah, GA: Creepy even during the daylight|
432 Calhoun Street
Built upon its dead
is Savannah's prestigious
where, four feet below,
1,000 slave bodies overlap.
built in 1868, a little girl sat
tied, punished for playing
with Maussie's "lower-class".
General Wilson, unforgiving,
for days remained angry;
100 degrees, she died.
Her wishes for freedom, heard,
understood by those below.
by Margaret Bednar, 10-31-2012
|During a Ghost Walk at Night|
Savannah had a number of epidemics, and they would put the dead from these and dead slaves on the outskirts of town in mass burials. The slaves in Calhoun Square are not necessarily under this house, but in the square... probably under the whole area.
Maussie (or Massey? - I've seen both spellings) was a public school built in 1856. It is open today as a museum for local history and architecture.
What I like about the first video is you get a glimpse of the square (the green park) across the road where the school children would play. Forward to the end of the video bar if you are interested in that. The second video is much shorter and does an OK job showcasing the exterior of the mansion.
(neither video was shot by me or anyone I know).
This is linked to Imaginary Garden with Real Toads "Hallow's Edge" AND will be linked with Friday Flash 55 (after 8pm Thursday). My story is 55 words if you conisider the hyphenated word to be one, not two words :)
HERE is another link to some photos and interesting information about the house.
|The very window behind which the little girl died.|
|432 Calhoun Street - a bit of the square is visible where the children played.|
I can imagine he stood there, telling his daughter how she should not play with the school children in the square's park as she was from a superior white family... and then left her to the heat of the Savannah sun beating through the windowpane and a horrible death as she watched her friends playing across the street. This photo of mine always creeps me out.... Of course, I'm sure it is a reflection... ? I was also told he hung himself on the floor above when he found out she died. (His wife had died years earlier from Yellow Fever)
All photos in this post are mine