123 Houston St.
The Second African Baptist Church dates back to 1802. The present church, built in 1925, replaced a wood and stone building built by African-American Baptists on this trust lot. Destroyed by fire, the church was completely rebuilt, but still contains its original pulpit, prayer benches and choir chairs.
Georgia's first native African-American religious leader and former slave, Andrew Bryan, founded the Second Colored Baptist Church in 1802, with 26 members. Although located in a white neighborhood, a trust lot was granted in exchange for rent paid by church members. In 1823, the church was renamed the Second African Baptist Church.
In 1864 the pastor and church played host to Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton and General William T. Sherman. From the steps of the wooden church, General Sherman read the Emancipation Proclamation to Savannah's citizens and promised the newly freed slaves "40 acres and a mule." Almost a century later, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. preached his "I Have A Dream" sermon here, an address he repeated during the famous march on Washington, D.C. in 1963.
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