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

The First African Baptist Church

of North America

 
 
The First African Baptist Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, September 11, 2009
1. The First African Baptist Church Marker
Inscription. The oldest Black Congregation in North America began in 1773. May 20, 1775 the church was born with Rev. George Leile as its pastor; and constituted January 20, 1788 with Rev. Andrew Bryan, Pastor.

( Plaque 2 )
To The Glory Of God
This building was erected in 1859 by the members of the congregation doing the work themselves. It is rated excellent in architecture and listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
This is the first building constructed of brick in the State of Georgia owned by blacks.
 
Location. 32° 4.878′ N, 81° 5.768′ W. Marker is in Savannah, Georgia, in Chatham County. Marker is on Montgomery Street near West Julian Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Located on the West side of Franklin Square, on the Church wall. Marker is at or near this postal address: 23 Montgomery St, Savannah GA 31401, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Haitian Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Jonathan Bryan (within shouting distance of this marker); William Scarbrough House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); John Ryan's Excelsior Bottle Works
The First African Baptist Church Marker, Plaque 2 image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, September 11, 2009
2. The First African Baptist Church Marker, Plaque 2
(about 400 feet away); Evacuation of Savannah (about 600 feet away); John Herndon “Johnny” Mercer (about 700 feet away); Flame of Freedom / Relighting the Flame (approx. 0.2 miles away); Ships That Carried the Name Savannah (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Savannah.
 
Regarding The First African Baptist Church. The holes in the sanctuary flooring form a design meant to look like a tribal symbol. These were instead air holes for slaves who would hide in the church, which served as a stop on the Underground Railroad. During the Civil War, the church housed runaway slaves in a 4-foot space beneath the sanctuary floorboards.
 
Also see . . .  First African Baptist Church. (Submitted on October 27, 2015, by Byron Hooks of Sandy Springs, Georgia.)
 
Categories. African AmericansChurches & Religion
 
The First African Baptist Church Marker right of door image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, September 11, 2009
3. The First African Baptist Church Marker right of door
The First African Baptist Church Marker, Plaque 2 seen at left of door image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, September 11, 2009
4. The First African Baptist Church Marker, Plaque 2 seen at left of door
The First African Baptist Church image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, September 11, 2009
5. The First African Baptist Church
First African
Baptist Church
Erected A.D. 1859

Church and Sunday School Hours
The First African Baptist Church Marker image. Click for full size.
Historic American Buildings Survey L. D. Andrew, Photographer, 1936
6. The First African Baptist Church Marker
Front Elevation HABS GA,26-SAV,33-1
General View HABS GA,26-SAV,33-2 image. Click for full size.
Historic American Buildings Survey L. D. Andrew, Photographer, 1936
7. General View HABS GA,26-SAV,33-2
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 15, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,301 times since then and 71 times this year. Last updated on October 27, 2015, by Byron Hooks of Sandy Springs, Georgia. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on September 15, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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