First African Baptist Church – Oldest Black Church in North America

June 12th, 2020 by Corey Edwards

First African Baptist Church of SavannahDid you know Savannah that is home to the oldest black church in North America? It’s true – the First African Baptist Church predates the formation of the United States by three years!

As one of the oldest cities in the country, Savannah is home to many historical firsts. The first American golf course, first cotton gin, first Southern art museum, and more. One of the most fascinating and important firsts, however, has to be the First African Baptist Church. (more…)

Savannah’s Haitian Memorial Heritage Festival 2017

September 18th, 2017 by Corey Edwards

Haitian Memorial Heritage Festival 2017The annual Haitian Memorial Heritage Festival takes place in Savannah’s Franklin Square and offers a full weekend of activities celebrating the volunteer soldiers of Saint-Domingue. October 6-8, 2017.

The 10th annual Haitian Memorial Heritage Festival honors one of the few black regiments to fight on the American side during the Revolutionary War. These brave, volunteer soldiers  were recruited from Haiti, then known as the French colony of Saint-Domingue.

Les Chasseurs-Volontaires de Saint-Domingue were part of the force supplied by our French allies. The group of all volunteer soldiers made up ten companies of light infantry. This force was not only the largest black regiment to serve during the American Revolution, it was also the largest military unit serving during the Siege of Savannah! (more…)