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“Incredible praising to the Lord!!”

First African Baptist Church
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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.
saint ignace, michigan
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“Incredible praising to the Lord!!”
Reviewed October 19, 2013

My Son and I ended our stay in Savannah by going to church here on our last day. We were there worshiping for 3 hours!! It was wonderful. We were there first for the hour of power service then stayed for the regular service because it was so moving! This congregation praises the Lord! If you need some inspiration and joy in your life, stop here and worship for a few hours!!!

Visited August 2013
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Bedford, Ohio
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Reviewed October 15, 2013

I enjoyed the history of the church, slaves, and the town. The tour guide was a member of the church and was very knowledgeable. Even invited us back on Sunday for service. Which I thought was a very nice gesture. I will admit I was overcome by the holes in the floor of the church which were there for the slaves who were in hiding , to be able to get air and breath. Just to stand there and think that at one time slaves were underneath the floors where I was standing was an unexplainable feeling.

Visited September 2013
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“Amazing History!”
Reviewed October 14, 2013

To hear the stories of the dedicated believers who built this church and the role it played with the Underground Railroad was inspiring. The tour guide advised they are working on ways to actually show tourists part of the underground railroad tunnel in a safe way - I'd love to revisit when that is open. The only drawback to this site is they only offer 2 tours per day! We had to wait around outside for more than hour for the 2pm tour.

Visited October 2013
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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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“Nice service!”
Reviewed October 13, 2013

Spent Sunday morning with family, beautiful singing and the paste had a wonderdul message using an apple! Members were friendly and church was inspirational would visit again!

Visited October 2013
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Yachats, Oregon
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“A highlight of the trip”
Reviewed October 12, 2013

After a trolley tour of Savannah, we wanted to learn more about this church built by slaves and part of the Underground Railroad. We arrived just in time for an extremely informative tour who shared the history of the church, the pastors and information about the church today. Well worth a stop!

Visited September 2013
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