First African Baptist Church

Location

405 Telfair St.
Dublin GA 31021

Rates

  • General Admission: $0.00

Hours of Operation

  • 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
  • Sunday : 8:00am - 5:00pm

Social

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. made his first public speech in 1944 at First African Baptist Church
Take a photo in front of historic First African Baptist Church where Dr. King made his first public speech

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. 

Amenities
Facility Amenities
  • Free Parking
  • Parking off Site
  • Parking on Site
  • Self-guided Tours
Near Interstate Highway
  • 16
Special Tags
  • Civil Rights
Suitable for Ages
  • All Ages
General Information
  • Family-Friendly
  • Free Admission
  • Handicapped Accessible (Limited)