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First African Baptist Church

23 Montgomery St, Savannah, GA 31401-2429
+1 912-233-6597
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This was an extremely interesting tour--even for 5th graders! You'll learn about the church's... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Nancy R
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Dalton, Georgia
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Wonderful tour with a Speaker with so much knowledge. A piece of Savannah history you do not hear... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
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Reston, Virginia
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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 days ago

This was an extremely interesting tour--even for 5th graders! You'll learn about the church's fascinating history, their connection with the Underground Railroad, how quilt patterns were used and so much more! It was a highlight for several on our 4 day Savannah trip!

Thank Nancy R
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Wonderful tour with a Speaker with so much knowledge. A piece of Savannah history you do not hear about anywhere else. So close to Market Square too. It was a highlight of our Savannah visit.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

There are historic information plaques outside of this church which explain its history. We could not go inside to see it as there was a tour going on which we missed by ten minutes. If you do go, I would suggest to find out the...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We happened to be hear on the 50th anniversary of MLK's passing. They rung the bell 50 times. It was moving.

Thank Lesliessc
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We climb the stairs to this wonderful church and found untold history. They do have an elevator for those who not do well with stairs. It's is well maintained and tribute to its builders. It's full of history and left me wanting to know more.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had heard about this site from friends who informed & encouraged me to visit, while I was in Savannah attending a business related symposium. Curious, I went there looking for "the holes in the floor." I knew the story of the "Underground Railroad" well....More

Thank Mercedia S
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We did not get to go inside because it was closed when we were there. It is right next to City Market and a historical square talking about the history of black people in Savannah...worth a visit.

Thank mrb415
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a fascinating tour by Joe. He interacted beautifully with the audience. He really made the history come alive. Don't miss this historically significant church.

Thank CarolfromNY
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife and I went to church on Palm Sunday. We were very welcomed by the church members and welcoming committee. Message and music right on point.

Thank Mark R
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We came with a group of 8th grade students. This was so neat, very interesting and informative. We had a tour with Marco George. The students were very engaged. Would definitely recommend this tour.

Thank Traci H
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Amckenney
21 December 2017|
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Response from penk18 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, church services are open to the public. But that said, if you don’t take the tour and learn from the guides, you are missing out on something powerful and extraordinary.
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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
23 April 2017|
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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
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