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First African Baptist Church

23 Montgomery St, Savannah, GA 31401-2429
+1 912-233-6597
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Our Tour Guide was a Young History teacher at the Local High School and she was "divine"

I highly recommend going on the First African Baptist Church Tour. The Tour Guide just made it come... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Linda J
Wonderfully historic!

We haven’t stopped talking about our tour and “not a tour guide”Joe! He was very informative and... read more

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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
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Reviewed yesterday

I highly recommend going on the First African Baptist Church Tour. The Tour Guide just made it come alive. There was not a lot of bells and whistles but she was an authentic story teller. She made us feel like we were a part of...More

Thank Linda J
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Reviewed yesterday

We haven’t stopped talking about our tour and “not a tour guide”Joe! He was very informative and thought provoking during the tour. So much history that isn’t told during the trolley tours, that needs to be told! The church is beautiful! Well worth the time...More

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Reviewed yesterday

Over the past three years, we've been to most historical locations in the area and BY FAR, this was the most informative and expansive tour we've had - including what we have learned from the trolley tours. Not only will visitors learn about the church...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Joe (our guide) provided an engaging tour that was filled with incredible knowledge. My 8 year old appreciated the history lesson and my wife and I walked away with a better understanding of the Underground Railroad and the process that the slaves endured to seek...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago

Please go see this historic treasure. It's gorgeous. If there are no services, you can go inside to see the sanctuary.

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Reviewed 4 days ago

The unforgettable experience was of the Antebellum time period, the strength, ingenuity, courage and determination of the populace enslaved and the drastic consequences of discovery. I did not know there were free blacks in Savannah during the time of slavery and how they influenced the...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

My family and I learned a lot about the first church and the underground railroad. My daughter especially wanted to learn about these things.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Joe was a great tour guide. He was knowledgeable with a wonderful dry sense of humor. He is engaging and everyone (young and older) hung on every word. He takes you on a journey. The church is filled with history on every wall, in every...More

Thank veal25
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Joe, is who was our tour guide was a trip.... and I mean that in a good way. He told us he had received negative reviews in the past & I understand why. He has a very dry sense a humor as do I. His...More

Thank steve g
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The nature of architecture is very different from the other churches in the vicinity. Not every church has stained glass and this does not either but the steeple is classic of a baptist church, and every church in this area has a steeple that I...More

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Response from Nancy R | Reviewed this property |
They gave extensive information to our group about the Underground Railroad but it was in the second half of the program. Our guide was excellent, appealing to all ages. He opened up for questions multiple times and seemed... More
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20 December 2017|
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Response from penk18 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, church services are open to the public. But that said, if you don’t take the tour and learn from the guides, you are missing out on something powerful and extraordinary.
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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
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