This early African-American congregation (ca. 1802) was known for training more ministers—black or white—than any other church in the country. The current structure dates from 1925, replacing the earlier wooden church. Two historic events took place here. First, General William Tecumseh Sherman read the Emancipation Proclamation to Savannah citizens at this church in 1864, promising the newly freed slaves 40 acres and a mule. Second, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., proclaimed his “I have a dream” sermon here before the famous march on Washington in 1963.