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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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  • This was a wonderful tour of a very important historic site in Savannah. Our tour guides were very knowledgeable and interesting. It is amazing that there have only been 17 pastors since the church wa...  more »
  • The tour last about 2 hours and covered the history of the ministers who have guided the congregations since it was founded. The very building itself, the tribal symbols still evident on the pews in t...  more »
  • They only have two tours a day, at 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM. It is first come, first serve. There is no entry fee, but rather accept a donation to the church. Hopefully, you will get the church's Program ...  more »
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  • Visiting the area... amazing people and history to the church. Getting the full story made this a life changing trip. Thank you.
  • I have always wanted to visit Savannah. It's rich history has always intrigued me so why not make it a road trip. So, I drove from Chicago to Atlanta to visit friends and family, and the next day I made my way to Savannah. What I wasn't prepared for though was the emotional journey that would forever change my life. Visiting First African Baptist Church was not planned. My fiancĂ© and I toured the many landmarks such as The Pink House etc... that is until our wonderful guide suggested we visit First African Baptist Church while we were there. This visit changed my life! The market square where the Africans were auctioned off....You could still feel their spirit hovering. The red door of the church symbolizing that the church was owned free and clear. The amazing stories of engineers from all over never able to find out the entrance of the Underground Railroad beneath the church, much less understanding how structurally sound the handmade bricks made by the slaves makes the building an architectural marvel....wow! I believe every African American should at least pilgrimage to Savannah to visit this sacred place. I'm sure it would change their perspective much like it has mine. I plan on visiting again soon, only this time with my children.
  • If there's a such thing as false prophecy and spiritual manipulation, this church is it. If nothing else, it certainly has a twisted ideology. We had plans to worship with this church for Easter and simply wanted to know the activites for children. Our 5 year old is gifted in music and was previously invited to share his talent with the church. We live 4 hours away so we had to plan accordingly. We thought Easter would be appropriate considering that children are most often a big part of the program. What happened next with this church is anything but typical and I promise it happened. Spoke with one of the ministers and he said the Pastor is tired of people only coming to church for Easter, Mother's Day and New Year's and as such, my son would need to audition if I want him to be a part of Easter. He gave me a phony email to upload a video. It was his way to say NO to my child because the Pastor doesn't like people coming to chuch during certain times of the year. Church bureaucracy isn't unusual, but what this church did was disdainful. Governing body should get a new Pastor!!
  • Very very educational taught things about the underground railroad i didnt know its a must u go visit this church during tour hours
  • 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.