Beach Institute

The beach institute poster at River Street Inn

The Beach Institute is Georgia’s oldest school for African Americans. Initially, the school had 600 students enrolled with nine female teachers and a male principal. Most of the teachers were white and tuition was $1 per month. In 1919, the Beach Institute closed as a school. Visitors may view local and national African American art exhibitions, including an impressive collection by Ulysses Davis, a renowned native Savannah wood carver.