Mary Musgrove Matthews Bosomworth
(ca. 1700-ca. 1765)
Mary Musgrove Matthews Bosomworth was a pivotal interpreter, negotiator and cultural liaison between the English colonists and the local Native Americans. Notably, General James Oglethorpe and Chief Tomochichi were only able to communicate and reach accord through Bosomworth’s multilingual prowess and adroit diplomacy.
Mother Mathilda Beasley
Mother Mathilda Beasley, Georgia’s first African-American nun, once ran a secret, illegal school to educate African-American children during the mid 1800s. Mother Beasley went on to donate her considerable estate to the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in order to establish the St. Francis Home for Colored Orphans, which she operated for the remainder of her life. She also founded Georgia’s first group of African-American nuns, the Third Order of St. Francis.
Born in Savannah, Flannery O’Connor is one of the most respected writers of the 20th century. Her short stories, novels, correspondence and essays earned her numerous accolades including three O. Henry Awards, the National Book Award, grants from the Ford Foundation and the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Rinehart-Iowa Fiction Award, a Kenyon Review Fellowship and inclusion in the Best American Short Stories anthology.
Emma Morel Adler
Emma Morel Adler has served on the Savannah-Chatham County Board of Education, the Georgia Humanities Council, the Lucas Theatre for the Arts board and the Savannah Council on World Affairs, securing Savannah’s future through public education, cultural stewardship and historic preservation, of which she is an ardent and outspoken national advocate. In Savannah, the Massie Heritage Center shines as Adler’s masterpiece.
Alice Andrews Jepson
Alice Andrews Jepson has a passion for local education, health care, art and culture. The Bethesda Academy, the Jepson Center for the Arts, the Jepson House Education Center, Memorial University Medical Center, the Savannah Country Day School, Savannah Philharmonic, the SCAD Museum of Art and others stand as testaments to her positive influence and generous investment in the community.