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First African Baptist Church

23 Montgomery St, Savannah, GA 31401-2429
+1 912-233-6597
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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 yesterday

This tour was wonderful. My husband and I really enjoyed this tour it was very informative. I will bring our three sons to this church as it is so rich with the history of our ancestors. As an interracial family it's nice to see both...More

Thank peachynurse
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We were on vacation and were walking around historic downtown Savannah and had seen in a brochure that the church gave tours. We decided to go on a tour and look around for a bit. Little did we know what all the tour would entail...More

Thank berlyann
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This is one tour you don't want to miss. Very informative. An awesome lesson in our county's history. I thought I knew alot, but I learned some things I never knew. The guide also made it fun. I liked the way he really got the...More

Thank scastill093
Reviewed 4 days ago

We were given a wonderful history lesson on our tour! The church is gorgeous and worth a visit. There's a famous piano that has been played by the greats, last by John Legend and my daughter. It's certified and insured and worth 1.5 million dollars....More

Thank Tmcbean
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

My friend and I visited this gem of a historical site and learned so much about local black history. It's one if the oldest continuously operating black churches in North America with a congregation organized in 1773. The building was constructed by free and enslaved...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

You won't regret touring this church. The amount of famous people who have been in the church is unbelievable. Our group of pre-teen Girl Scouts really enjoyed the tour. Joseph was completely engaging for the age group. The tour is full of history and as...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was an awesome tour. It is very informative. We learned a lot about slavery history and the Underground Railroad. There was not a charge.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I heard a lot about this church. All I can say is everyone that visits Savannah needs to visit this church!! Black, white, EVERYONE needs to visit this church. Very informative. I learned a lot. Took about two hours but worth every minute!!

Thank Tony H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Joseph was our tour guide. He was very informative, entertaining, reinforced black history in a fun way, accommodating to all ages, very welcoming. Our family of 9 really enjoyed it. If you park on the street take quarters, or use the church parking lot across...More

Thank Sue F
Reviewed 1 week ago

We took a 2 hour tour here and it felt like 15 minutes. Joseph was a fantastic guide and dispensed reams of history in a manner that was so entertaining you hardly realize at the time how much you are learning about this historic yet...More

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What is your tour schedule and ticket prices?
23 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
I am planning to take my GS troop this June. Do I need to contact someone for tours? Is there a charge?
25 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