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First African Baptist Church, Savannah

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3.7/5 based on 600 reviews on the web
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. To visit First African Baptist Church and get the most from your holiday in Savannah, create itinerary details personal to you using our Savannah trip itinerary builder.
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  • We found the 1st African Baptist church on our way back to the Best Western Hotel from Market Square. What an amazing story behind of how the church came to be and the building of it by the congregati...  read more »
  • Getting to be inside a building that is both a beautiful example of the architecture of the period and highly historical was humbling and awe-inspiring. Our tour guide gave a lively talk that included...  read more »
  • The Church is located across the street from the square at the end of the shopping district. It was nice to see the different types of churches in the area, and this one in particular. Tour was very i...  read more »
  • Please, everyone, do your research before absolutely destroying an institution's online reputation. The incident with the 92-year-old woman being kicked out of her church happened at the First African Baptist Church in BAINBRIDGE, GA. Not Savannah, GA. This church is one of the most important landmarks in Savannah, and the history of it involves giving a safe haven to people in need during the absolute darkest and horrific time in our nation's history, and it should be celebrated, not torn down for something that happened at an entirely different church.
  • Gerald Simmons reads over the letter addressed to Josephine King, his 92-year-old aunt, "Josephine King is no longer considered a member of the First African Baptist Church of Bainbridge, Georgia." "It's terrible," Simmons says. The letter, signed by senior pastor Derrick Mike, states that Ms. King has shown non-support towards the church in the areas of "constant and consistent financial and physical participation." "She was stunned. She was disappointed. She was shocked," her nephew said. Simmons says his aunt was considered sick and shut-in for several months, which explained her lack of attendance. He also says his aunt has gone above and beyond in the past to financially support the church. "You shouldn't chase the individuals down. You shouldn't do that. If that's the case, you're money hungry," said Simmons. Simmons says he knows his aunt isn't the first person to receive a letter of removal for not tithing and hopes the story will shed some light on the policy. "You got to have money to make these churches run, but it's not about money. It's about god. You have to put god first." Attempts to contact members or officials from the church for their side of the story were unsuccessful. A number of people have posted on the church's Facebook page to condemn its decision to remove king. The church has not posted on its Facebook page in more than two years. Back to Top Read Full Story
  • I'm wondering why no one commented on the fact that it was not the First African Baptist Church in Savannah, this happened in Bainbridge, Georgia so I would like to take this opportunity to invite any and everyone to visit our church for themselves. Rev.Tillman is a loyal pastor and this would never happen under his leadership! May God Bless!!!
  • When a church & it's pastor evicts a parishioner of over 50 years from membership of its church for not tithing during recent months of physical unwellness, it's time to check the pastor's credentials & the message the church is sending. What demon has entered the doors of this church? Why was the pastor not taking care of the needs of a sick widow instead of chasing after her money? Seems like this church & most definately this pastor have their priorities in disarray & have become just another big business. If there was a "no star" button, that's what I would have given. Shame on you, pastor! Shame on your church! May God have mercy on your soul on judgment day & not evict YOU.
  • Shame on tha church! Anyone that throws a 92 year old member out because of money is a money hungry fake Christian! I wouldn't advise anyone to attend this church and should kick the pastor and any members who went along with this foolishness out! I plan to spread the word about the fake worship center.
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