FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 13, 2020
Cody Shelley, Foundation Manager
Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home
FLANNERY O'CONNOR CHILDHOOD HOME SUSPENDS
MUSEUM HOURS AND PROGRAMS
SAVANNAH, GA — In a pre-emptive measure to protect visitors, volunteers and staff from the rapidly evolving and uncertain nature of the COVID-19 virus, the Flannery O'Connor Childhood Home announced today that it will suspend visiting hours and programming, effective immediately through March 31, 2020. The home has had no reported cases of infection on its premises, but has decided to take this precautionary measure.
"The Flannery O'Connor Childhood Home takes pride in being a small part of Savannah's vibrant cultural landscape and community," says Cody Shelley, the home's foundation manager. "The best thing we can do for that community is follow the advice of experts and practice social distancing to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. I will miss welcoming visitors to Flannery's home, but I am confident this difficult decision is the right one to make."
Shelley and the foundation's board will continue to monitor and re-evaluate the situation as new information is made available, and will share updates to museum hours and rescheduled programs on its website and social media platforms.
The Flannery O’Connor Home Foundation, Inc. is dedicated to preserving the birthplace of author Flannery O’Connor and providing educational opportunities through guided tours, informative lectures and literary events. The Foundation encourages the discovery and exploration of O’Connor’s rich body of work and the interpretation of her writing by contemporary readers, authors and artists. For more information, visit flanneryoconnorhome.org.