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“The most interesting thing we visited” 5 of 5 stars
Review of First African Baptist Church

First African Baptist Church
23 Montgomery Street, Savannah, GA 31401 (Downtown)
+1 912-233-6597
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Ranked #8 of 100 Attractions in Savannah
Type: Religious Sites, Cultural
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: 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.
Sarasota
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“The most interesting thing we visited”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2012

A young man guide gave a very informed description of the building, its history and construction . Lots of information about conditions in Savannah then and the people who built it. Savannah was unique in the South at that time of its construction perhaps due to Oglethorpe, the slaves there had some unique privileges Also very good information regarding the underground railroad

Visited December 2012
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“Great History”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2012

This is a part of history you can not miss. The guides are very knowledgeable and will answer any questions you ask.

Visited May 2012
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Wesley Chapel, Florida, United States
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“I Love the History”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2012

I love the History that is found in Savannah. The church was actually a safe haven for slaves traveling on the Underground Railroad.

Visited December 2012
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Fort Myers, Florida
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“A hidden gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2012

Not many people know of this place and the history it has to offer - - Underground Railroad and the slavery background. Our tour guide, Bobbie Davis, highly recommended this place and we are glad we went. They have two tours a day - - 11:00 and 2:00 pm. Check it out.

Visited November 2012
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Savannah, Georgia
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“Everyone was so nice to us.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2012

My family went to tour this beautiful, historic church. It was later in the evening, and we didn't think we would get a chance to see it. A nice lady let us in anyway. A nice man took us to the sanctuary and told us all about the history of this church. My mother was in a wheelchair, and they were very helpful. We had such a wonderful time. Our family will never forget this church or the experience. We hope to visit again soon.

Visited December 2011
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