Magnolia Midlands / Dublin

First African Baptist Church

405 Telfair St.
Dublin, GA 31021

  • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. made his first public speech in 1944 at First African Baptist Church

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  • Take a photo in front of historic First African Baptist Church where Dr. King made his first public speech

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First African Baptist Church was established in 1867 and is the oldest African American church in the City of Dublin.

On April 17, 1944, the Colored Elks Clubs of Georgia held their state convention at First African Baptist Church in Dublin and sponsored an essay contest. A 14-year-old student at Booker T. Washington High School delivered a speech entitled "The Negro and the Constitution." Little did the audience realize they were witnessing the first public speech by Dr. Martin L. King, Jr., and the start of the Civil Rights Movement.

Today, the church hosts an annual oratorical contest to honor Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. and to continue his legacy of peaceable activism and leadership. Tours of First African Baptist Church are available by appointment.

A sculpture crafted by local Dublin artist, Juan Lleras, stands at the church entrance, calling to new generations to carry on King's legacy of peaceable activism. 

Info & Amenities

  • Hours of Operation

    Sunday: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
    Monday: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
    Tuesday: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
    Wednesday: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
    Thursday: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
    Friday: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
    Saturday: 8:00AM - 5:00PM

    Admission & Fees

    General Admission Free

    Facility Amenities

    Free Parking

    Parking off Site

    Parking on Site

    Self-guided Tours

    General Information


    Free Admission

    Handicapped Accessible (Limited)

    Near Interstate Highway


    Special Tags

    Civil Rights

    Suitable for Ages

    All Ages