First African Baptist Church, Savannah, GA

First African Baptist Church, Savannah, GA

“THE FIRST AFRICAN BAPTIST CHURCH OF NORTH AMERICA

THE OLDEST BLACK CONGREGATION IN NORTHA 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.”

TO THE GLORY OF GOD

“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.”

First African Baptist Church

This photo was taken across the street in Franklin Square.  It was not possible to get the entire church with the steeple in one photo.  So here’s a shot of the steeple…

The steeple framed by live oaks

The church is a large building.  There’s a set of steps that frame each side of the entry.  The plaques are at the top of the steps.  Here’s a shot of the steps.  A young boy was there along with his parents with a baby in a stroller.  His parents kept telling him not to get in the photo, but I told them it didn’t matter, he was fine.  He wasn’t moving anyway.

There was once a gate here. The hardware is still attached.

On the wall directly over the little boy’s head is an area with missing stucco that exposes the old brick. 

Old brick exposed

We strolled along the side of the church and found the first azalea in bloom.

Hello spring!

Around the back of the church was a parking lot.  A lady was putting a sign at the entrance of the lot about parking and how much it would cost.  We stopped to chat, and I told her that we were interested in the church because at one time a man named Brister Lawton was a reverend there, perhaps in 1850.  She had heard the name, but did not know his history.

The back of the church

The side of the church as we circle around.

Parking will cost you.

If you want to call these folks at the church, you can use the phone numbers on this sign.  Just add *912* in front for the area code.

Add *912*

Tour information

Photography is not allowed in the church.  And I couldn’t reach the windows with the camera, so no pictures were taken through the window.  And the front doors were locked.  Solid.  But still a good day.

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3 Responses to “First African Baptist Church, Savannah, GA”

  1. kari Says:

    As always, thank you for taking us along on your trips.
    Kari

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  2. Brown Says:

    Looking for info on Brister Lawton also

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