For one man, Savan is a treasure trove of memories
Published: February 23, 2013
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ST. THOMAS - Savan was once Charlotte Amalie's own Harlem.
In its heyday, Savan spawned leaders in politics, art, sports and medicine; now it is a lesson learned for urban planners in how not to rip apart the social fabric of a community by paving over its vital centers.
Founded in 1764 to segregate freed blacks, Jews and Catholics when the West Indies were controlled by Protestant Danes, Savan's workers and artisans fought for economic and political self-determination. After Emancipation in 1848, the area swelled with newly freed slaves seeking economic opportunity.
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