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Second African Baptist Church

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Address: 123 Houston St, Savannah, GA 31401-3525
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Site where General Sherman read the Emancipation Proclamation.

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An Historical Gem

Perched across from Greene Square, Second African Baptist Church traces its lineage to 1802 when it was founded by a former slave, Andrew Bryan and 26 others. The members paid... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 February 2016
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Alexandria, VA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016 via mobile

Very informative and the tour guide was entertaining and kept your attention. However, it was a bit unorganized considering the church is functional. So during our tour, the deacons were preparing for next day service and when we moved down stairs to see the underground railroad, the deaconess was having a meeting. Very distraction.

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Alexandria, VA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2016

Perched across from Greene Square, Second African Baptist Church traces its lineage to 1802 when it was founded by a former slave, Andrew Bryan and 26 others. The members paid rent in exchange for this trust lot in a predominantly white neighborhood. The original building of wood and stone was destroyed by fire and replaced by the current building in... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2015

The hospitality was wonderful as we have had quite a few home going services here. The staff is very friendly and accommodating.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 March 2015

What a blessing to stand on the same step as Dr. Martin Luther King did years before. This church is the first place her gave his "I have a dream" speech. He would later give this same speech in his march on Washington. I was honored to be in the same place he once was.

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Irvine, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2014

So much sacrifice went into the establishment of the Second African Baptist Church, It really should be on your itinerary when you visit Savannah.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2013

Amazing history! Ask the pastor to tell you all about it! The men and women who brought in the wood to make the pews got it from the most unlikely folks. A truly beautiful historic church.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2012

When my sister and mom lived in Savannah, I went to visit them from California. I rented a car and went touristing one day and stumbled into the church where Sherman read the Emancipation Proclamation. We grew up in Atlanta. When MLK was assasinated I was just a child, but will always remember how devestated my mother was. We were... More 

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