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First African Baptist Church
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$40.59*
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Savannah Black History Tour
Ranked #10 of 218 things to do in Savannah
Certificate of Excellence
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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 April 18, 2012

Missed the tour, walked around the church sure we missed out on the history of the building - so simple and plain compared to the other churches in the area - it is obvious how poor they were building this church and yet their faith just as strong and important.

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Reviewed April 14, 2012

We stopped here because we had read that it was also used as an underground railroad. The young man that gave the talk was very informative and well spoken. He also explained the windows in the church. It was interesting.

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Reviewed April 12, 2012

History pops out when you step inside this church. A very powerful experience.

Thank Janet C
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Reviewed April 3, 2012

Enjoyed the teaching and service last Sunday. Was made to feel welcome. Cant' wait to go back.

Thank Connie M
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Reviewed March 28, 2012

The Church was a stop on the underground railroad freeing slaves. The hiding places were under the church floors and the quilts were maps of the stations along the route. Its a fascinating place to visit. Go early because it closes around 3:30pm. When we visit Savannah we always try to visit this church.

Thank AGCanada01
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