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Tales From the Haunted SouthDark Tourism and Memories of Slavery from the Civil War Era$
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Tiya Miles

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781469626338

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469626338.001.0001

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Molly and Matilda

Molly and Matilda

Old Savannah Specters

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Tales From the Haunted South

Tiya Miles

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter recounts the rise of Savannah, Georgia as a key tourist attraction for visitors interested in the paranormal. The chapter focuses on the Sorrel-Weed House, reportedly Savannah’s most haunted abode, to examine how stories of race, gender, and sexual improprieties during slavery drive “dark tourism” ventures today. It connects this analysis to historical context about black slaves, free blacks, and Haitian immigrants in 1830s-1860s Savannah.

Keywords:   Savannah, Urban slavery, Paranormal, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, Sorrel-Weed House, Ghost hunters, Haiti

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