Savannah in Chatham County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
First African Baptist Church
and First African Baptist Church
2017.4 • 25-56
Erected 2017 by Georgia Historical Society and First African Baptist Church. (Marker Number
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
Location. 32° 4.879′ N, 81° 5.757′ W. Marker is in Savannah, Georgia, in Chatham County. Marker is at the intersection of West Bryan Street and Montgomery Street, on the left when traveling west on West Bryan Street. Marker is located beside the walkway near the northwest corner of Savannah's Franklin Square, overlooking the subject church. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 23 Montgomery Street, Savannah GA 31401, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named The First African Baptist Church (a few steps from this marker); Haitian Monument (a few steps from this marker); Jonathan Bryan (within shouting distance of this marker); John Ryan's Excelsior Bottle Works (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); William Scarbrough House (about 400 feet away); The First Act of Alcohol Prohibition in America (about 500 feet away); Evacuation of Savannah (about 500 feet away); John Herndon “Johnny” Mercer (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Savannah.
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1. The Oldest Black Church in North America. First African Baptist Church (1773) is older than the United States (1776). In May of 1775 Rev. Leile was ordained as the pastor and December of 1777 the church was officially constituted as a body of organized believers. In 1782, rather than risk reenslavement, Pastor Leile left with the British when Savannah was evacuated and migrated to Jamaica. (Submitted on April 28, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Savannah’s History: First African Baptist Church. The congregation worshiped in a wooden structure from 1832 to 1855, until they tore it down to build the church that stands today. It took four years before construction was complete under Reverend William Campbell, who was a carpenter and became the fourth pastor in 1856. Upon completion of the church, the doors were painted red to indicate ownership of the building. (Submitted on April 28, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on April 28, 2019. This page originally submitted on April 28, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 65 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on April 28, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.