The First Baptist Church of Williamsburg on Nassau Street circa 1930. The building served as the church’s home for a century, from 1856 until 1956. (Credit: John D. Rockefeller Jr. Library Special Collections, Colonial Williamsburg)

Let Freedom Ring

First Baptist Church
727 Scotland Street
Williamsburg, VA 23185
United States 727 Scotland Street Williamsburg 23185

The historic First Baptist Church in Williamsburg, Virginia was secretly founded in 1776 by slaves. Its bell has been silent for generations...until now.

This Black History Month join Colonial Williamsburg and First Baptist Church in Williamsburg, VA for a February-long celebration featuring live performances and storytelling, an African American Quilts exhibition at the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg, events at The College of William & Mary, services at First Baptist Church, and daily ringing of the bell. Come ring the bell for the soul of the nation. Ring for all those who couldn't. Ring for change.

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