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Second African Baptist Church (Savannah, Ga.) records,

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Second African Baptist Church (Savannah, Ga.) records, 1812-1979.
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Second African Baptist Church (Savannah, Ga.)
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3 microfilm reels.
Donor/Sponsor
Preservation of the Black Religious Heritage Project funded by the Lilly Endowment.
Subjects
Reproduction (note)
  • Microfilm.
Original Location (note)
  • Originals in Second African Baptist Church; 123 Houston Street; Savannah, Ga. 31401.
Terms of Use (note)
  • Permission from church is required to purchase copy of microfilm. Email authorizing reproduction should be sent to the Curator of Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division, schomburgarchives@nypl.org.
Source (note)
  • Originals in Second African Baptist Church
Biography (note)
  • The Second African Baptist Church, Savannah, Georgia was founded in 1802 by members of the First Colored Church (now the First Arican Baptist Church of Savannah). In the early years of the nineteenth century, the Savannah River Association, an organization of Baptist churches composed of one Black and two white churches, including the First Colored Church, decided to strengthen the Association by organizing two additional Black churches out of the membership of the First Colored Church. The two Black churches which were formed were Second Colored Church and the Ogeechee Baptist Church.
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Author
Second African Baptist Church (Savannah, Ga.)
Title
Second African Baptist Church (Savannah, Ga.) records, 1812-1979.
Summary
The records of the Second African Baptist Church, Savannah, Georgia are divided into seven series: Church Minutes; Legal Documents; Church Rolls, Minute Books and Annual Reports; Financial Records; Sunday School Records, Church Organizations' Minutes; and Church History, Printed Matter, Miscellaneous.
The Church Minutes series, 1872-1901, consists of membership records, minutes of meetings with action taken on disciplinary cases, and readmissions or dismissals. Most cases deal with members charged with "licentious" behavior and dancing. The Legal Documents series, 1812-1922, includes papers on the purchase and sale of property by Henry Cunningham to the church and abstracts of conveyance. There is also a charter amendment dated 1922. The Church Rolls, Minute Books, and Annual Reports series, 1891-1978, is comprised primarily of recorded lists and rosters of committee members, conference meetings, and miscellaneous correspondence. Minutes of the joint official boards, 1934-1937 are included. The Financial Records series, 1879-1973, contains treasurers' books with detailed expenditures, collections, and annual reports. The Sunday School Records series, 1922-1948, consists of minutes with attendance, collections, and dues noted.
The Church Organizations' Minutes series, 1932-1973, is comprised of minutes of meetings of the deacons, deaconesses, brotherhood, and church officers. A 1944 resolution to establish an orphanage for Black children is included. The Church History, Printed Matter, and Miscellaneous series, 1872-1979, contains anniversary journals and programs. An essay by Deacon W.S. Roundfield which constitutes a history of the church from 1802 to 1935 forms part of the series.
Terms Of Use
Permission from church is required to purchase copy of microfilm. Email authorizing reproduction should be sent to the Curator of Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division, schomburgarchives@nypl.org.
Reproduction
Microfilm. New York Public Library. 1992. 3 microfilm reels ; 16mm. (MN *ZZ-35763)
Original Location
Originals in Second African Baptist Church; 123 Houston Street; Savannah, Ga. 31401.
Biography
The Second African Baptist Church, Savannah, Georgia was founded in 1802 by members of the First Colored Church (now the First Arican Baptist Church of Savannah). In the early years of the nineteenth century, the Savannah River Association, an organization of Baptist churches composed of one Black and two white churches, including the First Colored Church, decided to strengthen the Association by organizing two additional Black churches out of the membership of the First Colored Church. The two Black churches which were formed were Second Colored Church and the Ogeechee Baptist Church.
Two African American ministers were ordained to serve the new churches. Reverend Henry Cunningham, a formerly enslaved person, became the first pastor of Second Baptist Church, serving from 1802 to 1833. Many members who were formerly enslaved people followed the example of their pastor and later purchased their freedom. After its founding, Second Colored Church continued to have a close relationship with the First Colored Church. Following the death of Andrew Bryan, the second pastor of the First Colored Church, Second Colored Church provided, in regular succession, pastors for the First Colored or mother Church from 1812 to 1846.
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Preservation of the Black Religious Heritage Project funded by the Lilly Endowment.
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