On the road with John Noel: Savannah’s historic First African Baptist Church

Savannah’s First African Baptist Church is a special place, thriving and historic, so I was excited about my visit on the next-to-last day of April. I was on the road with John Noel, who is running for a seat on the Georgia Public Service Commission, and he had scheduled a visit to the church during a three-day road trip. Due to over-scheduling and whatnot, we arrived late, in the middle of the service on a blue-skied Sunday morning. When we entered, the first thing I saw besides the ushers was a bunch of white folks sitting in back—tourists who slipped in and out, hoping to catch a little—but probably not a lot—of the history and spirit of the oldest black church in…

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