After a we had breakfast at the hotel, we started the morning at the First African Baptist Church in Savannah. The church representative told us that the church was established in 1777 and is known today as the 2nd oldest African American Church in North America. The founding members were slaves that gave their life savings to buy the church property. They worked at night for four years to add brick to all sides of the church. The founding members knew the Lord would use this church in mighty ways. The sanctuary contains the original light fixtures, baptismal pool, and pipe organ that date back to 1832. The representative from the church explained to our group that the church served as a Underground Railroad safe house. We learned that the church has remained active since the doors opened in the late 1700’s. Three of our students had an amazing opportunity to play the 1912 Stein piano that is in the sanctuary of the church. The piano is one of only four in the world. The First African American Baptist Church is a vital part of Savannah history and plays an integral role in the life of the city today.
We had lunch on a riverboat cruise and enjoyed the views from the boat. After the cruise, we spent more time exploring River Street.
After a full day in Savannah, we went back to the hotel to freshen up for dinner. We enjoyed a delicious meal at the Paula Dean’s Lady and Sons restaurant. We had fried chicken, collard greens, macaroni and cheese, banana pudding and the list goes on and on.
The night ended with a devotion from Mr. Spivey focused on being willing to pay the price for the things God has for us.
The entire group was ready for lights out and excited for day three.