Historic Savannah Foundation could help Kiah House Museum go from ‘peril’ to preservation

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SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) – A piece of Savannah history is a step closer to being saved.

The Kiah House Museum was built in the early 1900s and was home to Dr. Calvin Kiah and his wife ‚Virginia. The Kiah’s purchased the home in 1959, where they opened a museum to showcase Mrs. Kiah’s art and educate children in the community.

It was one of the first museums in Savannah started by African Americans. In its heyday, prominent figures like Rosa Parks, Duke Ellington and more visited the museum.

Now, after years of neglect, the home and museum is on the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation’s “Places in Peril” list because it was at risk of being demolished.

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