Savannah, GA Churches & Graveyards
The structure was rebuilt in 1890 after a fire destroyed the original cathedral constructed in 1854. The “mother church” of the Catholic Diocese of Charleston boasts unique stained glass windows, pews carved of Flemish oak and a bishop’s chair situated to the left of the alta
The church was organized in 1773 under the leadership of Reverend George Leile. In December of 1777 the church was officially constituted as a body of organized believers. Under the leadership of the 3rd Pastor Reverend Andrew C. Marshall, the congregation obtained the property where the present sanctuary stands. Marshall also organized the first black Sunday school in North America and changed the name of the church from “First Colored Baptist” to “First African Baptist”.
The 1994 John Berendt novel and 1997 Clint Eastwood-directed movie “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil” featured this public cemetery on a scenic bluff of the Wilmington River. Immediately inside the gates is “Gaston’s Tomb.” East of Savannah and about 15 minutes from Hamilton-Turner Inn, the cemetery offers guided walking tours.
Established in the eighteenth century, Colonial Park Cemetery is the final resting place for many of Savannah's earliest citizens. The cemetery is a popular stop for local ghost tours as it is home to one of Savannah's most famous ghosts - Rene Asche Rondolier.