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First African Baptist Church

23 Montgomery St, Savannah, GA 31401-2429
+1 912-233-6597
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Amazing history, fun and informative experiencee

The history of this church is astonishing. Established in 1773, built from 1855-9 by slaves. It's... read more

Reviewed 2 January 2017
Mardi_JF
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Boston, Massachusetts
Lovely church.

We were made very welcome when we attended the birthday celebrations.The service lasted for two... read more

Reviewed 18 December 2016
Julia B
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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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
Downtown
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Reviewed 2 January 2017

The history of this church is astonishing. Established in 1773, built from 1855-9 by slaves. It's still a thriving church. Our tour guide, Joe, was a humorous guide. The church was built by slaves and was a stop on the underground railroad. This is a...More

Thank Mardi_JF
Reviewed 18 December 2016

We were made very welcome when we attended the birthday celebrations.The service lasted for two hours and there were guest vocalists who had amazing voices and sang from their hearts.

Thank Julia B
Reviewed 7 December 2016

It was interesting to learn about the church and the roll it played in the city of Savannah and it's slave history. The church is is subdued compared to many others we've visited. The guide had many stories and congregation appeared to spend their money...More

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Reviewed 5 December 2016

Super interesting tour- learned a ton about history of this church and Savannah in general. Great way to spend $7.

Thank yanquiloca
Reviewed 28 November 2016

It was a beautiful church, the stained glass pictures of the african american civil rights leaders was beautiful. It was something to be walking right above the underground railroad!

Thank 822bostonstrong
Reviewed 27 November 2016

At the oldest black Baptist church in North America, our group was greeted with such hospitality. And the embracing mood continued through all the prayers, hymns and sermon. Definitely worth the two-three hours on a Sunday morning. Tours of the church are available during the...More

Thank jetjersey
Reviewed 27 November 2016

Wow! What a privilege to see this beautiful church built by so many hands. Our guide was awesome and so very knowledgable. Definately should be your short list of places to visit on Savannah.

Thank Bomaxho
Reviewed 15 November 2016

Our tour guide, Joe, was excellent, super conversational, and was only on his third week as tour guide. He really made this one of the best and most informative and interesting guided tours of my 4 days in the city. Hope to come back when...More

Thank sambwe
Reviewed 14 November 2016 via mobile

The history of this church is well documented but attending the service was a very special experience as a traveling guest. The African American community has much to fear following the presidential election. Sharing the shock of the results with others was very special and...More

Thank ZZMimi
Reviewed 13 November 2016

My wife and I enjoyed everything that the church had to offer. It's a great learning experience of what the church had to offer, plus it was a route for the underground railroad.

Thank Gavin B
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icwilson
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
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sbearddavis123
22 April 2017|
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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
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Tere M
24 March 2017|
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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
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