• Tour code: 6216BLACK
  • Location: Savannah, Georgia
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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Discover Savannah’s black history on this 2.5-hour bus tour around the city. Explore Savannah’s historic downtown district, stopping at significant sites like the First African Baptist Church, the Beach Institute and more while watching an on-board DVD detailing Savannah’s black community before and after the Civil War. Also, try a free sample of some conch salad at Ye Old Herb Shoppe, a popular, local Caribbean specialty store. All entry fees and transportation are included. A hotel pickup and drop-off are available for a fee.

Highlights

  • 3-hour black history tour of Savannah by air-conditioned bus
  • Watch a DVD slideshow about the history of Savannah’s black community while riding around town
  • Learn about the origin of the term 'African-American' and the 'weeping time'
  • Visit the First African Baptist Church where the first all-black Baptist congregation is said to have prayed
  • Explore Beach Institute Museum at leisure and see an array of African-American cultural artifacts
  • Try a Caribbean conch salad and mango tea in Ye Old Herb Shoppe, a specialty Caribbean food shop

What You Can Expect

Savannah Black History Tour

First African Baptist Church

Arrange for a hotel pickup ($5 surcharge) if desired, then begin this guided tour at the Savannah Visitor Center, located in the passenger terminal at the Central of Georgia Railroad complex. Climb on board an air-conditioned bus and embark on a 2.5-hour journey to discover Savannah’s black history.  While traveling from one significant site to the next, watch the on-board DVD slideshow that will explain Savannah’s complicated and tumultuous history. Learn important facts about how the Civil War affected not only the lives of Georgia residents, but the rest of the country as well. 

One of the stops along the way will be at the First African Baptist Church, the oldest black church in North America, organized in 1773 under the leadership of Reverend George Leile. The light fixtures, baptismal pool and 1832 pipe organ are all original to the church. The pews in the balcony are also original, built by slaves and nailed into the floor. Beneath the lower auditorium floor is an Underground Railroad, where after leaving the tunnel, slaves would try to make their way as far north as possible.

Walk around at leisure to see memorabilia in the church museum.

Another stop is the Beach Institute, an African-American Cultural Center with a full schedule of programs and exhibits that feature arts and crafts with an African-American influence, including a collection of wood carvings by renowned folk artist Ulysses Davis.

Finally, visit Ye Old Herb Shoppe, a specialty food store with a Caribbean influence. Try an appetizer of conch salad with a mug of mango tea, then shop for herbs and spices to take home, if desired.

The tour ends with a return trip to the Visitor Center.

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