African American Guide to Savannah
My daughter and I are very passionate about our African American History. Savannah is the perfect city to explore our Southern African American Roots because Savannah is home to several Monuments and Tours dedicated to African American History.
One of my favorite Tours was the First African Baptist Church (Stop # 2 on the Old Town Savannah Trolley Tours). Where we paid a small Tour Fee of $7.00 for adults ($6.00 for Students) . If you watch The Real House Wives of Atlanta this is the church on a past Season that the ladies visited and Portia Stewart questioned was a real live train ran under the church LOL and SMH! This church was the very first church built by and established by Slaves in the United States of America. This church played a very important part in the ” Underground Railroad, as they would provide a safe haven for slaves looking to get to the river to head north and obtain there freedom! Our Guides walk you through the church showing you the original pews built by the slaves, allowing you to see the floors that the slaves hid under and used to crawled their way to freedom, and giving you the history of the churches founders and Pastors. This church was also home to the very first Credit Union for African American Parishioners and became the home to many Civil Rights Meetings. The Church still holds regular Sunday Services at 9am and 10am. The churches current Pastor is Thurmond Neil Tillman. I highly recommend this tour. It left my daughter in I in tears. BTW: They no longer allow pictures in the inside of the Church due to past Visitors taking pictures and selling them on post cards