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Savannah in Chatham County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Andrew Bryan

 
 
Andrew Bryan Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2009
1. Andrew Bryan Marker
Inscription. Andrew Bryan was born at Goose Creek, S.C. about 1716. He came to Savannah as a slave and here he was baptized by the Negro missionary, the Reverend George Leile, in 1781. Leile evacuated with the British in 1782 at the close of the American Revolution and Bryan took up his work. He preached at Yamacraw and Brampton Plantation. On January 20, 1788, the Reverned Abraham Marshall (White) and the Reverned Jessie Peter (Colored) ordained Andrew Bryan and certified the congregation at a Brampton barn as the Ethiopian Church of Jesus Christ.

The Reverend Bryan moved from place to place with his congregation and was even imprisoned and whipped for preaching during a time when whites feared any slave gathering as a focus for rebellion. He persevered and finally bought his and his family`s freedom and purchased this lot for his church. Andrew Bryan pastored until his death, October 6, 1812. He is buried in Savannah`s Laurel Grove Cemetery.
 
Erected 1980 by Georgia Historic Marker. (Marker Number 025-89.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
 
Location. 32° 4.93′ N, 81° 5.943′ W. Marker is in Savannah, Georgia, in Chatham County
Andrew Bryan Marker at the First African Baptist Church of Savannah image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, January 20, 2009
2. Andrew Bryan Marker at the First African Baptist Church of Savannah
. Marker is on West Bryan Street, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. West of West Broad Street, Savannah. Marker is at or near this postal address: 575 W. Bryan Street, Savannah GA 31401, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Birthplace of John C. Frémont (within shouting distance of this marker); William Scarbrough House (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); The First African Baptist Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); John Ryan's Excelsior Bottle Works (approx. 0.2 miles away); Haitian Monument (approx. 0.2 miles away); Jonathan Bryan (approx. 0.2 miles away); Flame of Freedom / Relighting the Flame (approx. ¼ mile away); Evacuation of Savannah (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Savannah.
 
Also see . . .
1. Andrew Bryan 1737 - 1812. PBS Online (Submitted on January 26, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 

2. First African Baptist Church of Savannah. In 1788 Bryan was ordained and his church was certified, predating the establishment of a white Baptist church in Savannah by five years; in 1794, Bryan erected a frame structure, naming it the Bryan Street African Baptist Church. By 1800, his congregation had grown to about 700, leading to a reorganization that created the First Baptist Church of Savannah and eventually the Second and Third Baptist Churches.
Andrew Bryan Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, January 22, 2013
3. Andrew Bryan Marker
(Submitted on January 26, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
 
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