First African Baptist Church, Savannah

Religious Site · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
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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  • Wonderful tour guides and information a must see. The history is amazing! The tour guides were very good and open to questions.  more »
  • This tour was a highlight of my visit to Savannah. The church is beautiful with such a rich history. The tour guide was great. He made a point to interact with everyone and joked with us all. He.....  more »
  • A lot of great history and information. The tour guide is very knowledgeable. You must purchase the souvenir book as it has a lot of information to share with your family and or kids.  more »
  • I absolutely loved the tour. The tour guide, De’Air/De’Eric (didn’t quite catch his name) did an amazing job. He was extremely knowledgeable. I consider myself well informed on Black History. He gave me new things to consider. I left in even more awe of the accomplishments of Blacks. They’ve made such contributions to our society. I also had the pleasure of attending service there. Although it was a bit dated I enjoyed being transported to the late 70s for s traditional service.
  • This was my favorite place to visit in Savannah. Traci did s great job with the history of the church. The church is beautiful. I will come back next time we are there. God bless!
  • This was one of the most amazing tours/learning experiences I have ever had the pleasure of doing. I highly recommend this tour. The guides are amazing, the history is unbelievable. If you do nothing else with your time in Savannah, do this!
  • Tour was amazing! DeErik was very knowledgeable and provided a lot of wisdom for our group.
  • Yall, real talk. Gabe and I have done a lot of historic tours in our time together. This was maybe the best one ever. Real talk. The brother that did the tour today was possibly the best tour/ history guide that we've ever had. Seriously. We've been to a few cities. We're nerds like that. This young man was engaging. His facts were on point. He didn't talk down to us. He engaged us. He was woke in a way that didn't make the white peeps in our group feel uncomfortable. Sometimes, that's a real concern when you're addressing things like slavery. I wish I remembered his name. I heard him say he was a senior in Africana Studies at University of Georgia. But I missed his name. We thoroughly enjoyed it. And our 11 year old paid attention the whole entire time. If you're ever in Savannah, catch this tour!!

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