George King arrived in Savannah, Georgia on June 4th 1865. He had walked from Quitman to Savannah, a journey of between 180 and 200 miles.
George left the plantation worked by the people enslaved by John and Thomas Scriven near Quitman after Hannah received 75 lashes from Agrippa the driver on the first day and 60 lashes from Reynolds, the overseer, on the second day.
Hannah was whipped because she had gone into the woods for half an hour.
John Screven, of Screven House, Savannah and Valdosta, Georgia, arrived at the plantation on the third day and said and did nothing about Hannah's savage whipping.
George King did not discover that he and Hannah and the 200 people who were still on the plantation, were Free People until he arrived in Savannah in June 1865.
His shock is apparent in every line as he says over and over again that no-one told them they were free.
'I never heard any person White or Black say we were free until I got to Savannah'
On June 5th 1865, within 12 hours of his arrival, George King gave his Testimony to Rev. J H Fowler, Chaplain 33 U S C I
Because of his courage, we know Hannah's name and we remember her today and her friend George King who gave Testimony to her life.
Rev. James H Fowler 1841-1925
Map below of Quitman, Georgia today