As of July 26, 2021, a City of Savannah mandate requires face coverings or masks to be worn in certain indoor locations. The order is in effect through October 23, 2021. Click here for more information.
Savannah's Historic Second African Baptist Church, located on Greene Square, was built in 1802. On January 16, 1865, General Sherman issued Special Field Order #15 in a field on the outskirts of Savannah. Shortly thereafter, General Rufus Saxton publicly addressed former slaves and church members at Second African Baptist Church on the provisions of Sherman’s offer, better known as the famous “forty acres and a mule” proclamation. Many years later, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would preach his “I Have A Dream” sermon here, an address he repeated during the famous march on Washington, D.C. in 1963.