Meet our Namesake

Susie King Taylor


Susie King Taylor was born into slavery in 1848 and lived in Savannah, GA. She was the first African American to teach openly in a school for the formerly slaved in Georgia. She served as a nurse, laundress, and teacher during the Civil War. She taught many of the black soldiers to read and write during their off-duty hours. 


As the author of Reminiscences of My Life in Camp with the 33rd United States Colored Troops, Late 1st S. C. Volunteers, she was the only African American woman to publish a memoir of her wartime experiences. You can read more about her at Georgia Encyclopedia.


In 2019 the Georgia Historical Society erected a historical marker honoring Susie King Taylor. It is located near the Midway First Presbyterian Church in Midway, GA.

Each school year, SKTCS students learn about Susie King Taylor and her legacy of courage and perseverance.