Camp O'Hara

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Episode: Camp O'Hara

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April 18, 2017
Episode Description: 

Many people may be familiar with the name Bishop O’Hara. Ordained a Bishop in 1929 at the age of 34 he was the youngest Bishop in the world at that time, and in 1935 was appointed as Bishop of the Diocese of Savannah, a duty he would fulfill until 1959. But few people today may be familiar with Camp O’Hara. This camp, established in the late 1930’s and early 1940’s to serve African American Boy Scouts in the Savannah area during a time of segregation remained in operation until the early 1970’s. The camp was something Bishop O’Hara spent considerable effort and arguably great personal risk on. Dr. Peter Mastopoulos, a professor at Savannah State University, has been researching this incredibly interesting, but not widely remembered piece of history and was kind enough to stop in and talk to us about his research. 

If you or someone you know attended Camp O'Hara and would like to share your story, you can reach Dr. Mastopoulos at    

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