Magnolia Midlands / Dublin

First African Baptist Church

405 Telfair Street
Dublin, GA 31021

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

First African Baptist Church was established in 1867 and is the oldest African American church in the City of Dublin. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his first public speech at the age of 14 at First African Baptist Church as part of an essay contest sponsored by the Black Elks Clubs on April 17, 1944. Dr. King addressed the public in his speech entitled, "The Negro and the Constitution."

Today, the church hosts an annual oratorical contest to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and to continue his legacy of peaceable activism, leadership, and humanitarianism.  

Info & Amenities

  • Hours of Operation

    Sunday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
    Monday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
    Tuesday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
    Wednesday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
    Thursday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
    Friday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
    Saturday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM

    Admission & Fees

    General Admission Free

    Facility Amenities

    Free Parking, Parking off Site, Parking on Site, Self-guided Tours

    General Information

    Family-friendly, Free Admission , Handicapped Accessible (Limited)

    Near Interstate Highway


    Suitable for Ages

    All Ages