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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. 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 took the 1:00 pm tour on Sunday (they also offer two on Saturday). You can sign up on-line, but we just walked in. We entered the church via the glass door on the left side of the church and met in...  more »
  • The Starting point of the slaves underground railroad. It was the first Afro -American religious congregation in the South. 
  • We didn't get to go inside, but it's worth seeing and learning about this, this oldest black church in America. A tour guide (Footprints of Savannah, reviewed separately) gave us the history. It's int...  more »
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  • My husband and I from Kansas, and my niece from New York City, attended your service on Sunday, September 25, 2016. It was the best church service I've ever attended! Pastor Tillman was so inspiring, the music was fantastic and everyone was so welcoming. We loved it and still talk about it. Wish we lived closer so that we could attend all the time. I've never come out of church feeling so inspired. It was the highlight of our trip. Sherry Peterson Lindsborg, KS.
  • 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!!!
  • 92 years old? A member for 50 years? Your true colors have been shown. There is no justifying what you guys have done to this woman. What's more important the God we serve or her financial obligation? That's between her and God not YOU!