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“Beautiful church” 4 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.
Easley, South Carolina
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“Beautiful church”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

This was a beautiful church. We really didn't understand a lot of what our guide said so it wasn't so informative. The whole time he talked women of the church were moving chairs so it made it difficult to hear.

Visited August 2013
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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“History”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013

So much history in this place. Did a tour with Jamal and Day Clean Journeys and learned a lot. The church also has a tour as well. Discover the wholes in the floor, to the meaning of the red doors out front!!

Visited September 2013
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Charleston, South Carolina
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“Karen was AWESOME!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

This attraction was well worth the $7! We learned so much in an hour about African American culture, it was great. Karen did so well at presenting the information she was intuitive, knowledgable and you could tell she was passionate about her church. The history of this church and the churches that surround not to mention the underground railroad was amazing. Again this is well worth the money - this church has artifacts in a mini museaum and gives meaning to some things that the untrained eye would not be able to pick up on without this tour. It was great if you are in Savannah it is a must see attraction.

Visited September 2013
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Louisville, Kentucky
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“A Moving Experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

I had a very moving experience visiting the First African Baptist Church. Our Guide explained in great detail, how the church was built, and it's significance during the years of the Slave Trade. He was a wealth of information, and even knew my pastor. (Rev. Dr. Kevin W. Cosby). I was captivated, and felt pride of how resilient may ancestors were in building this sacred structure. The tour cost was $7.00, and worth every cent. I was worried for a moment because I don't carry cash, but he had one of the devices that you attach to your Iphone for payment processing. Pictures are allowed, in most of the facility, however some areas are restricted from photos. He did make one request, that your photo's of the facility must have a person in them. It lasted about 1.5hours, and he gladly answered all our questions. I will certainly visit again

Visited July 2013
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Augusta, Georgia
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“Great historic landmark”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

The history behind this church is magnificent. The pews with the carvings are beautiful. The stained glass windows add to the mystique surrounding the church

Visited September 2013
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