Historic Markers Across Georgia

Italians in Georgia's Genesis

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Location: Reynolds Square at Abercorn and St Julian Streets, Savannah, GA
County: Chatham
Coordinates: N 32° 4.764    W 081° 5.338
  32.0794    -81.08896
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM3Y3R
Italians in Georgia's Genesis Marker  


Italians in Georgia's Genesis

When James Oglethorpe left England to begin the new colony of Georgia, in 1732, one of the passengers was Paul Amatis, an Italian artisan, skilled in producing silk. He was later placed in charge of Trustees Garden. Later, more Italian families came to pursue the task of producing silk. Joseph Ottlenghe is responsible for erecting a public filature in Savannah, on what is now Reynolds Square. It was at this filature that a record number of 15,212 pounds of cocoons were delivered for processing into raw silk. High hopes for success in this undertaking is exemplified on one side of the original Georgia Seal which depicts a mulberry leaf, a silkworm, and a cocoon, with the encircled words: ´Non sibis sed aliis´: ´Not for ourselves but for others.´