History dating back to 1773

Bryan became a preacher and leader in the congregation.In 1782 hundreds of blacks were evacuated from Savannah by the British, who transported many to Nova Scotia and other colonies, and some to London.They purchased a building to use at Franklin Square that had belonged to the First Baptist Church.

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He continued to preach and organize other slaves in the Savannah area despite persecution from local Episcopal authorities.

He called people together as the church's first pastor.

It was designed to prop up the East India Company which was floundering financially and burdened with eighteen million pounds of unsold tea.

This tea was to be shipped directly to the colonies, and sold at a bargain price.

After the Revolutionary War started, in 1778 Leile made his way to the British-occupied city of Savannah, to ensure his security behind British lines.

The British had offered freedom to slaves who escaped their rebel masters.

In Boston the Royal Governor was stubborn & held the ships in port, where the colonists would not allow them to unload.

Cargoes of tea filled the harbor, and the British ship's crews were stalled in Boston looking for work and often finding trouble.

Its claim of "first" is contested by the Silver Bluff Baptist Church, Aiken County, South Carolina (1773), George Leile, a slave who in 1773 was the first African American licensed by the Baptists to preach in Georgia, played a part in the founding of the Savannah church by converting some of its early members.

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