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First African Baptist Church
Ranked #9 of 218 things to do in Savannah
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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.
Reviewed January 28, 2012

the fact the slaves had a place to worship and how they could tell their families by the markings on the pews.

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Reviewed January 26, 2012

An interesting glimpse of Black history in Savannah

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Reviewed January 22, 2012

Great tour and really interesting church. I would say it's a must see to understand more about Savannah's history. Enjoy!

Thank Jakrusty
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Reviewed January 17, 2012

Absolutley beautiful and to learn the history was just fascinating!

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Reviewed January 16, 2012

The tour guides are basically young church members who are very well versed in its history. Unfortunately, they have no way of letting you see the underground railroad tunnel where runaway slaves spent time, but you do get to see the air holes drilled into the floors so that they could breathe and hear how the church members put themselves on the line to help in the civil rights movement. The tour guides and knowledge attained make it all worth visiting.

Thank Gunjer
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