Andrew Bryan (1737-1812)
Bryan was born enslaved
In January 1788 a white minister, Abraham Marshall, who arrived in Savannah with a black colleague, Jesse Peters, officially recognized the Baptist group, baptized more than forty members, and ordained Bryan.
First African Baptist Church grew steadily with 575 members in 1788, 850 in 1802, and 2,795 in 1831. Two satellite churches also emerged after 1800. Upon Bryan's death on October 12, 1812, he was well known in both white and black Baptist circles in the United States and in England.
Andrew Billingsley, Mighty like a River: The Black Church and Social Reform (New York: Oxford University Press, 1999).
Leroy Fitts, A History of Black Baptists (Nashville, Tenn.: Broadman Press, 1985).
Carter G. Woodson, The History of the Negro Church, 3d ed. (1921; reprint, Washington, D.C.: Associated Publishers, 1992).
Sandy Dwayne Martin, University of Georgia
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