Historic Markers Across Georgia

Andrew Bryan

Marker ID: GHM 025-89
Location: 575 West Bryan Street across from the Church, Savannah, GA
County: Chatham
Coordinates: N 32° 4.93    W 081° 5.943
  32.082166    -81.09905
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM4HG3
Andrew Bryan Marker  


Andrew Bryan was born at Goose Creek, S.C. about 1716. He came to Savannah as a slave and here he was baptized by the Negro missionary, the Reverend George Leile, in 1781. Leile evacuated with the British in 1782 at the close of the American Revolution and Bryan took up his work. He preached at Yamacraw and Brampton Plantation. On Jnauary 20, 1788, the Reverned Abraham Marshall (White) and the Reverned Jessie Peter (Colored) ordained Andrew Bryan and certified the congregation at a Brampton barn as the Ethiopian Church of Jesus Christ.

The Reverend Bryan moved from place to place with his congregation and was even imprisoned and whipped for preaching during a time when whites feared any slave gathering as a focus for rebellion. He persevered and finally bought his and his family´s freedom and purchased this lot for his church. Andrew Bryan pastored until his death, October 6, 1812. He is buried in Savannah´s Laurel Grove Cemetery.

GHM 025-89 Georgia Historical Commission 1980


Andrew Bryan


More Information:
Wikipedia - Slavery
Allince87 - Modern Slavery
Wikipedia - Act Prohibiting Importation of Slaves
Wikipedia - Emancipation Proclamation
Wikipedia - Thirteenth Amendment