First African Baptist Church – 601/611 New Street

Built in: 1865

This site was shown as property of Praise Baptist Church on the Direct Tax Commissioners map of 1862. The present church was built in 1865 by freed slaves and given to other freed slaves. A marble plaque on the church states: “Presented as a token of respect by A. D. Deas to the first pastor, Reverend A. Waddell, of the First Baptist Church, a native of Savannah, Georgia, who became pastor of said church First of January 1865.”

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