Construction Class Students Use Skills to Help Local Church (Savannah, Ga.)

Date: April 19, 2013

Students at Savannah Ombudsman Accelerated Center are building a parking lot ticket booth for a local church.

Students in the construction class at Savannah Ombudsman Accelerated Center are giving back to the community by building a parking lot ticket booth for the First African Baptist Church. The church is a historical landmark in Savannah, with origins believed to be derived from the first African American congregation in North America.

“This church has a strong historical significance in this community and our students are proud to construct something that will be a part of this beloved landmark,” said Center Director Donna Shrier.

The church and its in-house museum contain memorabilia dating back to the early 19th century including an 1832 pipe organ, original light fixtures, wooden pews and stained glass windows, written records from the 1800s to the present, newspaper articles and handmade quilts with designs of historical significance.

Earlier this month, students took a class trip to the church and participated in the historical guided tour that is enjoyed by more than 25,000 visitors each year.

“The students have worked so hard on the ticket booth and we wanted to make sure they were able to see and appreciate this church that is more than 220 years old,” said Shrier.

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