Andrew Bryan, a
former slave, organized in Savannah one of the earliest black Baptist churches in North
America. Bryan had developed his preaching skills while a slave in Chatham County and put
those skills to greater use upon purchasing his freedom. In 1788, Bryan formed a
congregation which was chartered under the name of the First Bryan Baptist Church. For
many years, this congregation played a significant role in the affairs of the Savannah
black community. In 1793, Bryan obtained the lot where the First Bryan Baptist Church
(pictured above), constructed in 1873, now stands. A dispute over doctrine in 1832 caused
a schism, resulting in two congregations. The congregations of the First Bryan Baptist
Church and the First African Baptist Church, constructed in 1859, are direct descendants
of Bryan's original congregation.
First Bryan is at 575 West Bryan Street and First African at 23 Montgomery Street,
Franklin Square, in Savannah.
CLIMATE, RECOMMENDED CLOTHING
Hot and humid in summer, mild to chilly and breezy in winter. Rainy periods throughout
the year. Wear comfortable sportswear in season, with walking shoes. Insect repellant is
From I-95, exit onto I-16 east. Downtown Savannah is 10 miles ahead off of I-16.
First Bryan: (912) 233-5526
First African: (912) 233-6597
First Bryan is open daily from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Guided and self-guided tours are
First African is open on Friday 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Other visitations are available
Bus: Greyhound Bus Lines serve Savannah. Taxi Service is available from the bus station
to downtown Savannah.
Air: Large airlines carriers operate in Savannah. Car rental is available at the
ADJACENT VISITOR ACTIVITIES
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can be found at Savannah