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Originated as one of the first black Baptist congregations in North America, First African Baptist Church is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The organization's beginning dates back to 1773, when African American slaves and freemen organized during the turmoil of the American Revolution, and the church was officially founded in 1777. You can visit the church today, still a working institution and a major part of Savannah history. Admire the antique light fixtures, stained-glass windows, and pipe organ. Take a tour to learn about the church's rich history, including its role as a stop on the Underground Railroad. Check online for information on service, prayer, and tour times. Plan your First African Baptist Church visit and explore what else you can see and do in Savannah using our Savannah tour itinerary maker site.
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We toured the church today and I highly recommend adding this to your list of places to visit in Savannah. Our guide, Joseph, was a wonderful storyteller and provided a great perspective on the...
We toured the church today and I highly recommend adding this to your list of places to visit in Savannah. Our guide, Joseph, was a wonderful storyteller and provided a great perspective on the... more »
Joseph is not an educator but rather an entertainer or rebel rouser who delights in insulting people. We learned more about him big the church. He kept us for 90 minutes ending with telling us why we.... more
Joseph is not an educator but rather an entertainer or rebel rouser who delights in insulting people. We learned more about him big the church. He kept us for 90 minutes ending with telling us why we.... more »
This was an unexpected highlight of my trip. I had read a lot about the church, and decided to visit it along with the Catholic Basilica and Mickveh Israel synagogue. All are historic, with...
This was an unexpected highlight of my trip. I had read a lot about the church, and decided to visit it along with the Catholic Basilica and Mickveh Israel synagogue. All are historic, with... more »
Feb 2023 - The tour was an information presentation by church clergy/members as we sat with about 150 others in the historic sanctuary. Very positive and uplifting reminding us all how we much God has blessed us. The quilt description piqued my curiosity. The downstairs utility room was full of holes in the floor, more historic memorabilia, and had an acacia-wood object. We spent about 2 hours overall and were slow to leave as we chatted with other guests from around the area.
What a wonderful experience. We joined them for worship on Sunday. Everyone greeted us and welcomed us to the church. I am probably going to join them on line for worship on Sundays from Canada, just to hear the choir sing. Although there were only 7 of them they sounded like there were 50, they harmonized so well together. I recommend you join them if ever in the area
Really great event. Not really a tour but a very well taught history of the church with views of memorabilia that was truly amazing. The pastor that did the event was really great, funny, engaging and really taught me something! You want to understand the pic? Then you have to go!
Wonderful experience. Highly recommend taking the tour. Best tour in Savannah. The assistant pastor was informative and engaging in fun interactive, educational way. I learned so much and so grateful that we were able to fit it in on our last day. Make sure to look up when the tours are scheduled. They do not have them every day. I bought my ticket at the door and was credit card only. You can buy online.
Associate Pastor Derek lead our tour of the church. He was extremely welcoming and personable. He shared his detailed knowledge of the the history of the church founders, the voluntary construction by slaves and the way the underground railroad worked. He directs a non-profit that helps people in need of assistance...even providing part-time jobs for some. The tour was a highlight of our time in Savannah.
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