Among Savannah’s many historic houses of worship, the First African Baptist Church is especially unique — autonomously founded and built by slaves before the Civil War, this holy site has served as a sanctuary in numerous respects ever since the building’s completion in 1859.
However, time has taken its toll on this 160-year-old structure facing Franklin Square, so now a major restoration project is under way to repair and preserve the church inside and out. From reinforcing the leaky steeple to patching up aging stucco to renewing water-damaged ceilings, the total cost of this endeavor will reach $600,000, according to Rev. Thurmond Tillman, pastor of the church.
The oldest black church in North America located right here in Savannah is undergoing a major renovation.
First African Baptist Church is seeking the public’s help to assist with the growing costs.
The National Historic Landmark was built in 1859. It was established by members of the congregation who were slaves.
Construction is underway to preserve its rich history including its historic bell.
It’s one of the most historically significant buildings in Savannah.
First African Baptist Church has a long and storied history.
Now the landmark is getting an update.
Reverend Thurmond Tillman– pastor of First African Baptist– sat down with us on News 3 Today to talk about the church’s major restoration efforts.
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