First African Baptist Church, Savannah

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#12 of 19 in Historic Sites in Savannah
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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  • 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 »
  • I only visited it form the outside. Worth reading about this piece of history and visiting if in Savannah and in the area.  more »
  • we took the scheduled tour and it was well worth the 8 dollars. The associate pastor was our tour guide and he provided the history of the church and the congregation from 1777 to the present.  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • It is a beautiful church. Loved that they kept the original gas lighting fixtures. The venilations holes in the floors for the 4 foot space under the church for the underground railroad was powerful.
  • So much information, so willing to share. Can't wait to send my family and friends. Thank you for blessing UBC of Trenton NJ

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