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First African Baptist Church

23 Montgomery St, Savannah, GA 31401-2429
+1 912-233-6597
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LONG Tour!

My wife and I are very interested in African American church history, and this church is the... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
David B
New York City, New York
Check their schedule and don't miss ths one

This is a piece of history that gets swept under the carpet in the history books. A beautiful... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Jana O
Madison, United States
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First African Baptist Church was organized in 1773 under the leadership of Reverend George Leile and established and constituted in December of 1777 as a body organized believers. Under the leadership of the 3rd Pastor Reverend Andrew C. Marshall, the congregation obtained the property where the present sanctuary stands. Marshall also organized the first black Sunday school in North America and changed the name of the church from “First Colored Baptist” to “First African Baptist”. The sanctuary was completed in 1859 under the direction of the 4th Pastor Reverend William J. Campbell. The ceiling of the church is in the design of a “Nine Patch Quilt” which represented that the church was a safe house for slaves. Beneath the lower auditorium floor is another finished sub floor which is known as the “Underground Railroad”. There is 4ft of height between both floors. The holes in the floor are in the shape of an African prayer symbol known as a Congolese Cosmogram that served a purpose of ventilation. First African Baptist Church has been a place of leadership and service since its inception. Reverend Emmanuel King Love, 6th Pastor, led the movement to establish Savannah State University, formerly known as Georgia State Industrial College for Colored Youth. Rev. Love also played a big role in the establishment of Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA and Paine College in Augusta, GA. During the time of segregation the church served as the largest gathering place for blacks and whites to meet. Visitors from all walks of life have visited out sanctuary and left inspired. TOUR RATES: Adults = $7.00; Seniors = $6.00; Students = $6.00; Children Ages 5 & Under = FREE. TOUR HOURS OF OPERATION: Tuesday - Saturday = 11:00 a.m. & 2:00p.m. Sunday = 1:00p.m.
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23 Montgomery St, Savannah, GA 31401-2429
+1 912-233-6597
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Reviewed 5 days ago

My wife and I are very interested in African American church history, and this church is the "Mother" Church! It is the first church in America built by slaves for slaves and this month is celebrating its 240 anniversary. While the information was interesting, the...More

Thank David B
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a piece of history that gets swept under the carpet in the history books. A beautiful congregation, welcoming people, but has limited tour times. Joe is a great host. Glad we worked our day to fit this in.

Thank Jana O
Reviewed 1 week ago

I traveled with family and was so overwhelmed with emotion taking the tour and listening to the narrator on the creation and history of this church. It was amazing and sad at the same time, it was definitely heartfelt, being reminded of the journey of...More

Thank Lisa M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Strange but true. Guide was amazing. Knowledgable. Entertaining. Even Funny. Included everyone in the group in the dialogue - even a sleeping baby - in the story of this remarkable church.

Thank TravelersTwoPeople
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a nice tour and description of the church. Be sure to ask about the "air" holes in the floor of the lower level. We had a lovely lady tour guide who was a substitute, as the regular guy was sick - she was...More

2  Thank Kathy C
Reviewed 4 November 2017

The tour was led by a very knowledgeable member of the congregation. He did an excellent job of making it friendly, fun, and above all informative. We were invited back for an evening Revival Service, and attended. It was an awesome, and uplifting experience.

1  Thank UnderwaterBrian
Reviewed 1 November 2017 via mobile

It can be a little frustrating to figure out when to show up for the tour if you only look on general travel websites. Best advice is that they are closed Sunday and Monday but if you are there at 11 am or 2 pm...More

Thank HBDIVE c
Reviewed 29 October 2017

Was not able to go to into building. The street was blocked off for filming only saw outside. The outside looked old, very well kept. They do have tour hours.

Thank gailbD2322RN
Reviewed 29 October 2017 via mobile

4 of us went to this and it was a great presentation. It was very informative and interesting! All 4 of us adults thought it was worth going to- you won’t be disappointed

Thank ctbs
Reviewed 28 October 2017

This is a landmark and tour NOT TO BE MISSED. Very imformative, historical tour and a reassurance that good prevails in our society and lives.

Thank freetogo
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19 July 2017|
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Response from Jusagagirl | Reviewed this property |
Yes there is .. the cost is $7.00 seniors and students are $6.00 . They do the tours Tuesday and Thursdays 11-1 Wednesday, Friday & Saturday 11-2 you can call just to make sure nothing has changed since I was there... More
22 April 2017|
Response from 1FABC | Property representative |
Greetings! Our tour times are 11am and 2pm Tuesday - Saturday and 1pm on Sunday. The fee is $7.00 per adult and $6.00 per senior, student, or military. The fee for groups of 10 or more people is $6.00 per person and... More
Tere M
24 March 2017|
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Response from 1FABC | Property representative |
Greetings! I apologize for the delayed response. Group tours of 10 or more people require a reservation. Tour times are 11am and 2pm Tuesday - Saturday and 1pm on Sunday. The fee is $6.00 per person. We also have Girl... More