First African Baptist Church
Dublin, GA 31021
First African Baptist Church was established in 1867 and is the oldest African American church in the City of Dublin.
Capture a glimpse into the child that became a legend of the Civil Rights movement. 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.
On the return trip to Atlanta, Martin L. King was asked to relinquish his bus seat and stand in the rear of the bus with his teacher. King initially refused the demand, but was later convinced to give up his seat.
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.
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
Free Parking, Parking off Site, Parking on Site, Self-guided Tours
Family-friendly, Free Admission , Handicapped Accessible (Limited)
Near Interstate Highway
Suitable for Ages
Oratorical Speech Contest: A Celebration of MLK
04/09/2017 - 04/09/2017
History comes to life in Dublin as children celebrate the speech-making tradition of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at First African Baptist Church in Dublin, Ga. where, on April 17, 1944, a young Martin Luther King, Jr., presented his first public speech during an oratorical contest.
The contest theme is "The Crisis in Black Education." Admission to view the contest is free and open to the public.
This contest is open to children in grade 6 or higher and adults. There is no en...read more