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First African Baptist Church

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Address: 23 Montgomery St, Savannah, GA 31401-2429
Phone Number: +1 912-233-6597
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: Yes
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First African Baptist Church was organized in 1773 under the leadership of...

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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Savannah History

I have been to Savannah many times. And every time I try to come here the tour is closed. This time we were very lucky to get a personal tour. The history here is sad, but... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I have been to Savannah many times. And every time I try to come here the tour is closed. This time we were very lucky to get a personal tour. The history here is sad, but amazing. Seeing everything up close and personal gives you a whole new perspective on how the slaves were treated and where they lived. The... More 

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Augusta, GA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Learned a bit of interesting history about this venue. The hosts were very knowledgeable and were very open for questions.

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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Loved hearing the history of the church and seeing the Ethiopian crosses in the church floor. It solidifies the beauty of our history.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was so cool to see so much well preserved history. From carvings to original lighting to historic glass, this place was a great value for the visit. Plan ahead for parking or you're paying! Worth the money!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The tour and guide at this church is replete with history. Really remarkable to think of the underground railroad and how hard people worked for their freedom. Was our last stop in Savannah, and we were so glad we went. Be sure to visit the adjacent square, where Haitian soldiers are honored. Our guide was wonderful and answered many questions.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a greatv experience it tells the story of the under ground railroad and more. The young lady that is the guide is super.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Surprised that they charged a fee of $7 for the tour. We happened to attend while there were two large groups on a family reunion. It was too large a group for one tour guide. We were not able to see all the tour had to offer.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

If you enjoy history and the underground railroad this is a stop for you. The guide was great and the tour through was informative. The story behind the building of the church and seeing the holes in the floor for the run away slaves was so surreal. WOW just WOW!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We did this tour and lucked up with Day Clean touring company as our guide. They provided sooooo much history and meaning. We ended up joining them on a tour of the city it was so good.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Check the website for tour times. You can call ahead to reserve a spot. Our tour was at 1:00, and we got there about 20 minutes early and sat in the little shady square across the street. The associate pastor sang as he came down the church aisle to welcome our group. Our tour guide then gave us history of... More 

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