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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 3 days ago

This is truly a five star visit. It looks just like an old church, but the story told by Joe, our guide, makes it so much more. He engaged with his audience right from the start and the further he got into the history of...More

Thank William B
Reviewed 5 days ago

The First African Baptist Church is located in town historic Savannah at the corner of Montgomery St. and W. Bryan St. at the busy Franklin Square. It is still an active church. I would make more meaningful If you are a Baptist and get a...More

Thank Prawet J
Reviewed 6 days ago

My friend I visited the First African Baptist Church in Savannah, GA and felt it was one of the best tours we took. Joe, who guided us through the history, was so knowledgeable and personable. There is so much that can be learned from what...More

Thank Judith H
Reviewed 6 days ago

We were unable to attend church services at this church, so took a tour instead. Our guide was outstanding, both funny and poignant. The history provided was excellent.

Thank julie w
Reviewed 1 week ago

What a wonderful experience. We attended Sunday service and were blessed with beautiful music, the warmest welcoming parishioners and a beautiful message. THEN we stayed for the VERY interesting and historic tour for the Underground Railroad information. You'd be again blessed if Joe was 'volun-told'...More

Thank Carrie C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We recently visited First African Baptist Church as part of a tour and then back for Sunday worship service for our anniversary trip to Savannah. This will most certainly be one of my most treasured memories from here on out. The tour guide was amazing...More

Thank KeithandMelinda
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you want to hear stories about the underground railroad and the spiritual stories of the church, make sure you visit here.

Thank tingra83
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This church is so full of history, and it comes alive so well with the tour by Joe Dobson. He knows so much and engages so wonderfully with the people on the tour. We learned a lot, and we had a wonderful time. Do not...More

1  Thank maclands
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Excellent tour that was very informative. Lots of information on how the church was used by slaves to escape.

Thank Clifford W
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This amazing church is within sight of the City market ( where slaves were sold) so please take the time to visit and learn the role this building played in the real underground railroad. For a full understanding of the city and its history spend...More

2  Thank bigred2016
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19 July 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
22 April 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
24 March 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