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First African Baptist Church
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US$40.59*
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Savannah Black History Tour
Ranked #8 of 217 things to do in Savannah
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: 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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“Do not miss”
Reviewed 10 March 2012

One of the best things I did in savannah. Excellent insight into a portion of savannah history ignored or glossed over by the house and trolley tours. Very nice church and the story of the building of the church and the history of the items inside were terrific. Check for tour times, usually only 2x a day and can not be seen without tour.

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Valdosta, Georgia
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“Unbelievable!”
Reviewed 4 March 2012

I love the history and the informative tour guide.

Visited February 2012
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Midlothian, Virginia
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“Okay to see”
Reviewed 28 February 2012

The place was close when we got there but the guy that was working on the bottom let us in to tell us when the next tour. The place was clean. The tour was at 2:00 o'clock and we didn't have time to go back. I peeped on the door and tried to see what was inside. There is a fee for the tour.

Visited February 2012
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Arlington Heights, Illinois
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“Do Not Miss - First African Baptist Church”
Reviewed 23 February 2012

To know where you came from you must first look at the place where those before you have walked.
The First African Baptist Church is a quick visit with lasting impressions. Support the cause of your brothers and sisters and the heritage of these brave people that stepped out in their belief!

Visited June 2011
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Abingdon, Virginia
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“Awesome experience”
Reviewed 22 February 2012

Took the tour of the church. Tour guide was very knowledgeable and excited about his church! Great experience

Visited February 2012
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