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

First Baptist Church

1800 Sesquicentennial 1950

 

—Savannah, Georgia —

 
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By Mike Stroud, November 9, 2008
1. First Baptist Church Marker
Inscription. On November 26, 1800 the Reverend Henry Holcombe and fifteen other Baptists organized the Savannah Baptist Church. As early as 1795 a group of interested Baptists had erected a house of worship on Franklin Square where the congregation worshipped for thirty-three years. The Sunday School was organized there on April 29, 1827.

During the Pastorate of the Reverend Henry O. Wyer the cornerstone of the present church on Chippewa Square was laid on February 2, 1831 and the building was completely renovated in 1921. Since 1847 the church has been called the First Baptist Church. In 1926 the Educational Building was erected and dedicated to the memory of John J. Cummings.

The church has had a long line of distinguished deacons and members who have given it their support, devotion and prayers. The Pastors have been Henry Holcombe, William B. Johnson, Benjamin Screven, James Sweat, James Meredith, Henry O. Wyer, Josiah S. Law, Charles B. Jones, J. G. Binney, Albert Williams, Joseph T. Robert, Thomas Rambaut, J.B. Stiteler, G.S. Daniel, Sylvanus Landrum, Timothy Harley, J.E.L. Holmes, S.A. Goodwin, J.D. Jordan, W.L. Pickard, J.J. Taylor, L.R. Christie, Norman W. Cox, John E. White, Arthur Jackson, and Leroy G. Cleverdon.

This tablet is given in grateful recognition to God for his Divine Blessings
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By Mike Stroud, 2008
2. First Baptist Church Marker
1800 One Hundred Seventy- Fifth Celebration 1975
First Baptist Church
Savannah, Georgia
Since the last celebration of the founding of the First Baptist Church, Savannah, Georgia, two pastors have been added to the list of clergy who have served this congregation: W. Forrest Lanier and Thomas D. Austin.
Likewise, changes have occurred in this congregation's physical plant, the sanctuary, erected in 1831, was completely renovated and restored in 1966. Also, the Educational Building, erected in 1926, was renovated and refurbished in 1974-1975.
This tablet is affixed to the First Baptist Church Edifice in memory and honor of those Lay Persons who have envisioned, erected and maintained this place of worship, learning and fellowship.
on the church and is dedicated to the memories of the Reverend Henry Holcombe and those who succeeded him in its Ministry. Done with appropriate exercises on this the twenty-sixth day of November One Thousand Nine Hundred and Fifty and Fiftieth Anniversary of the organization of the First Baptist Church of Savannah Georgia.
 
Erected 1950 by First Baptist Church.
 
Location. 32° 4.567′ N, 81° 5.629′ W. Marker is in Savannah, Georgia, in Chatham County. Marker is on Bull St. near W. McDonough St., on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Savannah GA 31401, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named First Baptist Church (a few steps from this marker); Original Presbyterian Meeting House (within shouting distance of this marker); Dr. Wm. A. Caruthers (1802-46) (within shouting distance of this marker); James Edward Oglethorpe (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lowell Mason 1792- 1872 (about 300 feet away); Independent Presbyterian Church (about 300 feet away); a
First Baptist Church Sesquicentennial Marker, at center image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2008
3. First Baptist Church Sesquicentennial Marker, at center
One Hundred Seventy- Fifth Celebration, partially seen behind tree
different marker also named Independent Presbyterian Church (about 300 feet away); Original 1733 Burial Plot (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Savannah.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. Marker dedicated to William Bullien Johnson, one of the pastors of Savannah First Baptist Church.
 
Also see . . .  First Baptist Church, Savannah GA. History (Submitted on November 18, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
 
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First Baptist Church image. Click for full size.
Historic American Buildings Survey
4. First Baptist Church
Historic American Engineering Record HABS GA,26-SAV,69-2
First Baptist Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2008
5. First Baptist Church Marker
223 Bull Street
Chartered on November 26, 1800
Savannah's oldest house
worship was erected in 1830-1833.
Worship Hour- Eleven O'clock
Clergy
John M. Finley, Senior Minister
James C. Richardson, Associate Minister
Carolyn Hale Cubbage, Assistant Minister
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 18, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 974 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 18, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   4. submitted on June 11, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   5. submitted on November 18, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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