First African Baptist Church

A small single room church with red roof.
The First Aftrican Baptist Church was the community center of the The Settlement.

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Quick Facts
Cumberland Island - The Settlement
Community church for emancipated slaves on the island
National Register of Historic Places - Settlement Historic District

Benches/Seating, Picnic Table

This humble, one room church was established in 1893 by African American residents of the island and their families. Some of the founders were born into slavery and emancipated following the American Civil War. The church served as a free place of worship and community center for the Northend community known as the Settlement. The church was rebuilt in the 1930’s. It was the site of the September 1996 wedding of John F. Kennedy, Jr. and Carolyn Bessette. Located 15 miles north of the Sea Camp dock. Due to the distance, day visitors should not attempt to visit the church unless taking part in the Lands & Legacies Tour. The doors are open. This facility is not staffed. 

Cumberland Island National Seashore

Last updated: November 7, 2021