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First African Baptist Church

23 Montgomery St, Savannah, GA 31401-2429
+1 912-233-6597
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The unforgettable experience was of the Antebellum time period, the strength, ingenuity, courage... read more

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Visitor999999
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Guide was great and informative

My family and I learned a lot about the first church and the underground railroad. My daughter... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
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Villa Rica, Georgia
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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
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Reviewed yesterday

The unforgettable experience was of the Antebellum time period, the strength, ingenuity, courage and determination of the populace enslaved and the drastic consequences of discovery. I did not know there were free blacks in Savannah during the time of slavery and how they influenced the...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

My family and I learned a lot about the first church and the underground railroad. My daughter especially wanted to learn about these things.

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Reviewed 5 days ago

Joe was a great tour guide. He was knowledgeable with a wonderful dry sense of humor. He is engaging and everyone (young and older) hung on every word. He takes you on a journey. The church is filled with history on every wall, in every...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago

Joe, is who was our tour guide was a trip.... and I mean that in a good way. He told us he had received negative reviews in the past & I understand why. He has a very dry sense a humor as do I. His...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago

The nature of architecture is very different from the other churches in the vicinity. Not every church has stained glass and this does not either but the steeple is classic of a baptist church, and every church in this area has a steeple that I...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Well worth the time & effort. Admission went toward restoration & was worth the price. The conducted tour was very interesting & educational.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

DO NOT MISS! This tour by far, tops them all. Our guide, Joe, kept both young people and adults fully engaged through his personal experiences, fabulous humor and his indepth knowledge of the church's role in the underground railroad. I felt the tour was worth...More

Thank Raye54
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I was able to have the opportunity to get a full tour with a Mr. Joey, let me tell you this guy was awesome! He was a guy that was very engaged with our whole group, he does not always give the tour so make...More

Thank Seth M
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We took the tour and was amazed at the knowledge of the tour guide. Please bring cash, but they will accept a personal check if you forget (and have one handy). This was a safeplace stop for slaves fleeing north on the Underground Railroad. Hear...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

While in Savannah, we attended a service at the FABC and then a tour. While the pews were not full during the service, the parishioners made it seem full, with the love and joy they expressed. The minister is wonderful and funny -- we were...More

Thank Barbara B
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Response from Nancy R | Reviewed this property |
They gave extensive information to our group about the Underground Railroad but it was in the second half of the program. Our guide was excellent, appealing to all ages. He opened up for questions multiple times and seemed... More
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December 20, 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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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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