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First African Baptist Church

23 Montgomery St, Savannah, GA 31401-2429
+1 912-233-6597
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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

Truly the most excellent tour I've ever been on. Our tour guide Joe was excellent. His presentation reminded me of a college level class. Truly remarkable. His knowledge of the history of the church, the architecture, it's former pastors, the atrocities of slavery, the Underground...More

Thank anabegue
Reviewed 2 days ago

I really enjoyed visiting this church and learning the history. Great experience. Loved learning the history of the color blue and the scrolls on the pews.

Thank snellom00
Reviewed 2 days ago

A very nice tour to learn from the African American history in a crucial landmark in history. Josef is a very funny and fast speaker guide! It caused deep reflections for me to think how cruel mankind can be and absolutely thrilled with the inspiring...More

Thank Felipe M
Reviewed 3 days ago

To learn the history of this church is a real testimony to the human spirit. You can feel the history in the space as you learn about the tremendous effort it took to create by slaves.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Informative, excellent and knowledgeable tour guide. Best part of our mini vacation and our first time in Savannah. Thanks Joe. Isaiah and Mary

Thank prophet54
Reviewed 1 week ago

Of all the tours my wife and I took, this one, by far was the most informative, knowledgeable, and powerful of them all. Joe's knowledge of Savannah, World, and the African Baptist Church history was impressive. Moreover, Joe's no holds barred approach was funny, while...More

Thank David H
Reviewed 1 week ago

A beautiful church with an awe-inspiring history that reminds us of America's challenging past. It is well worth a visit. Like other reviewers have noted, the "not a tour guide" tour guide is unbelievably unprofessional. It is a shame that I and other reviewers will...More

Thank fire100
Reviewed 1 week ago

I took a tour of the First African Church on Saturday. Enjoyed the tour so much, I attended Sunday Worship service. The church architectural details are intact. The stories told by the tour guide were captivating and interesting.

Thank drwash43
Reviewed 1 week ago

We attended the Sunday morning services with some nervousness as we are devout Christians of another faith (not baptist), and we are white. Our experience attending this service was amazing! The music, the passion, the welcoming and acceptance we felt there was fantastic. We went...More

1  Thank Franco-fille
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a most incredible tour. I am a white person and sad to say I was the ONLY white person on the tour. This church is incredibly RICH with history!!! We can not change our present and future and make our world a better/safer...More

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July 18, 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
April 22, 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
Tere M
March 24, 2017|
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Response from 1FABC | Property representative |
Greetings! I apologize for the delayed response. Group tours of 10 or more people require a reservation. Tour times are 11am and 2pm Tuesday - Saturday and 1pm on Sunday. The fee is $6.00 per person. We also have Girl... More