First African Baptist Church, Savannah

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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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  • I think you enjoy so much and came to Savannah, so as much as I want and I visited I was not interested in history or the Church itself cannot. Doing the mass tourism tourists including fine, there were people.
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  • So interesting and such a beautiful building shows so much pride a must see for everyone who visits Savannah!  more »
  • The history of this church is amazing! That's really what the tour consists of. The guide, Joe, was awesome! He had a great sense of humor and really knew his Church!  more »
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  • This historic church is a must-see in Savannah. I visited during the same time as a high school school group tour and the churches guide was actually better at keeping control of the children than the teachers were. The history and background of his church is awe inspiring. Being able to physically see where the Underground Railroad was located was amazing.
  • They changed the hours so no longer a tour at 2pm. We missed the tour because of that, but there’s always another time! So happy there’s historic plagues up with detailing some of the history of both free and enslaved blacks during the 1700s-1800s. Rich black history! It’s worth the stop!
  • This was a great stop. Very informative and the guide was very knowledgeable. Definitely a must see tour. If you're sensitive to "in your face" type commentary, the guide may be too abrupt for you. Otherwise, you won't regret it. Makes me want to delve more into my history and find out what other treasures await.
  • It's wonderful that the church is open to folks to visit and discover its rich history. Wish they could get funding to maintain the building better.
  • The history here is amazing. The story behind this church should be made into a movie. It impacted me greatly. The sanctuary is well-kept and the staff are friendly and informative.
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