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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 4 days ago via mobile

Informative, excellent and knowledgeable tour guide. Best part of our mini vacation and our first time in Savannah. Thanks Joe. Isaiah and Mary

Thank prophet54
Reviewed 6 days ago

Of all the tours my wife and I took, this one, by far was the most informative, knowledgeable, and powerful of them all. Joe's knowledge of Savannah, World, and the African Baptist Church history was impressive. Moreover, Joe's no holds barred approach was funny, while...More

Thank David H
Reviewed 6 days ago

A beautiful church with an awe-inspiring history that reminds us of America's challenging past. It is well worth a visit. Like other reviewers have noted, the "not a tour guide" tour guide is unbelievably unprofessional. It is a shame that I and other reviewers will...More

Thank fire100
Reviewed 6 days ago

I took a tour of the First African Church on Saturday. Enjoyed the tour so much, I attended Sunday Worship service. The church architectural details are intact. The stories told by the tour guide were captivating and interesting.

Thank drwash43
Reviewed 1 week ago

We attended the Sunday morning services with some nervousness as we are devout Christians of another faith (not baptist), and we are white. Our experience attending this service was amazing! The music, the passion, the welcoming and acceptance we felt there was fantastic. We went...More

1  Thank Franco-fille
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a most incredible tour. I am a white person and sad to say I was the ONLY white person on the tour. This church is incredibly RICH with history!!! We can not change our present and future and make our world a better/safer...More

2  Thank Linda K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was just great all around the tour guide was very knowledgeable, kid were very attentive.They had a chance to have question asked and the got to ask question. The part I think we all enjoyed was learning about the quilts and old folk song...More

Thank yesrnoplss
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This church is a must go for everyone - to get a solid understanding of American History. Naming this Black History implies that the history is only relevant for some, but in fact, it's relevant for all. You will be amazed at the history and...More

Thank rms74
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a wonderful visit! Lots of knowledge from the guy leading the tour and quite a bit of humor thrown in! be prepared to sit in an old church pew for a while before you get to walk around and tour the church. I...More

1  Thank thornd
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We attended a service here and were not only made very welcome but also left feeling joyful and uplifted. Be prepared -- a service can easily run to two hours in length. This is a historic building with a very interesting story. It was built...More

Thank Melissa E
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18 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