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First African Baptist Church, Savannah

First African Baptist Church, Savannah (must see)

The First African Baptist Church of Savannah was a haven for runaway slaves during the turbulent years of the Civil War. The runaways were hidden in a four-foot high space between the basement and foundation below, with 'air holes' still visible in the basement floor – in lack of better knowledge, some might assume the holes are part of an artistic design.

During the 1960s, the church served as a base for the Civil Rights movement. Such is its glorious history, which dates to 1774 when George Liele – the first black man to be ordained by Baptists to preach in Georgia – began making missionary visits to plantations up and down the Savannah River. Formed by Liele in 1778, the First Colored Church of Savannah (renamed the First African Baptist Church in 1882) is the oldest continuously active African-American congregation in North America.

Located in Franklin Square, the present church was built by members of the congregation – among which many slaves who would make the bricks, lay the mortar, and carve the pews (still in use today) after laboring the fields all day. Note the beautiful stained glass windows depicting Liele and other early church leaders, installed in 1885. Today, the church houses a museum containing archives and memorabilia that date to the 18th century.

Why You Should Visit:
If you don't take the guided tour, you will be missing out on a huge core of Savannah's history. A tour here takes you through the main church, the upstairs, and the basement where you will learn about the role of the Underground Railroad.

Guided Tours:
Tue-Sat: 11am, 2pm, 4pm; Sun: 1pm

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First African Baptist Church on Map

Sight Name: First African Baptist Church
Sight Location: Savannah, USA
Sight Type: Religious
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