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First African Baptist Church

23 Montgomery St, Savannah, GA 31401-2429
+1 912-233-6597
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So interesting and such a beautiful building shows so much pride a must see for everyone who visits... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
First African Baptist Church

The history of this church is amazing! That's really what the tour consists of. The guide, Joe, was... read more

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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 2 days ago

So interesting and such a beautiful building shows so much pride a must see for everyone who visits Savannah!

Reviewed 1 week ago

The history of this church is amazing! That's really what the tour consists of. The guide, Joe, was awesome! He had a great sense of humor and really knew his Church!

Thank beelikeme
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I only visited it form the outside. Worth reading about this piece of history and visiting if in Savannah and in the area.

Thank solofishergal
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

we took the scheduled tour and it was well worth the 8 dollars. The associate pastor was our tour guide and he provided the history of the church and the congregation from 1777 to the present.

Thank emiglia2015
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had no idea of the importance of the Africans in the history of Savannah. Dr. Jamal was our tour guide, and he did an excellent job of explaining the history of the Africans and the church.The tour was 2 hours, but well worth the...More

Thank clarklisa44
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Professor Jamal was highly entertaining, and gave a wonderful historical perspective. And just $6 at the door for seniors! I doubt that you need to buy tickets in advance.

Thank Mike O
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Where faith and American history meet. If you love America, you must visit this jewel. If you go with Day Clean tours it will be even better.

Thank Daisy A
Reviewed 11 December 2017

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

1  Thank David B
Reviewed 5 December 2017

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 3 December 2017

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
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21 December 2017|
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Response from Franco-fille | Reviewed this property |
We attended the church services which probably took longer than the tour. I imagine you could just take a quick look, but I wouldn't do it during their services. Enjoy! The church and the congregants are truly remarkable.
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
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