Historic Markers Across Georgia

Jonathan Bryan (1708 - 1788)

Marker ID: GHS 25-38
Location: in Franklin Square in front of The First African Baptist Church
County: Chatham
Coordinates: N 32° 4.875    W 081° 5.738
  32.08125    -81.09563333
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WME5W9
Jonathan Bryan 

(1708 - 1788) Marker  


Born in Pocotaligo, SC, Jonathan Bryan accompanied James Oglethorpe on his initial visit to Yamacraw Bluff in 1733. One of Georgia's largest landholders, Bryan was a supporter of evangelist George Whitefield and encouraged religious services for his slaves, including minister Andrew Bryan. Jonathan Bryan supported independence during the Revolutionary War, serving on the Council of Safety and personally financing Continental troops in Georgia. In 1779 he was captured and held for two years on British prison ships. Savannah's Bryan Street recognizes his family's role in the founding of the Georgia colony. In 1793 St. Phillip Parrish was renamed Bryan County in his honor.

Erected by the Georgia Historical Society and the Savannah Town Committee

Jonathan Bryan 

(1708 - 1788)
Photo by Mike Stroud


More information:
Wikipedia - Slavery
Allince87 - Modern Slavery
Wikipedia - Act Prohibiting Importation of Slaves
Wikipedia - Emancipation Proclamation
Wikipedia - Thirteenth Amendment