2 Black Georgia churches awarded $4 million for preservation

ATLANTA — Two historic Black churches in Georgia are being awarded grant money to help preserve them.

The African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund awarded $4 million to preserve 35 Black churches across the country.

“Leaving an indelible imprint on our society, historic Black churches hold an enduring legacy of community, spirituality, and freedom that continues to span generations,” said Brent Leggs, executive director of African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund and senior vice president of National Trust for Historic Preservation. “We are honored to award our first round of grantees with the resources needed to ensure the Black church continues to stand in its fullest glory.”


The First Bryan Baptist Church in Savannah will use the funds for multiple restoration projects that include roofing, plaster, and stained-glass windows. First Bryan is considered one of the oldest African American Baptist churches in the United States, with continuous service for 234 years.

Chubb Chapel United Methodist Church in Cave Spring said the grant money “will help preserve deteriorating features such as the bell tower and help keep Chubbtown’s history alive for new generations.”

The church, built around 1870, is the only building remaining from the original Chubbtown settlement.