SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – The Massie Heritage Center welcomed spring this Wednesday in traditional fashion.
It’s been two years since Massie’s May Day Festival took place in the Hostess City.
The event dates back to 1856, the first year the school opened. Organizers say it has now evolved into one of the largest multicultural events in the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System (SCCPSS).
Throughout the morning, SCCPSS students gathered in Calhoun Square to perform a variety of ethnic dances, including the traditional maypole dance. WSAV’s Kim Gusby emceed the event — something she’s had the honor of doing for years now (we believe this is her 20th year as mistress of ceremonies!).
The May Day king and queen were announced as Jayden Cochran, a fifth-grade student at Rice Creek School and Carlee Gay, a second-grader at May Howard Elementary.
Named after Scottish immigrant Peter Massie, who willed $5,000 to the city of Savannah to establish a free school for the poor, Massie School is said to be the oldest school in continuous operation in Georgia.
It operated as a grammar school until the 70s and now serves the public as a teaching museum.