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First Baptist Church Archaeology Project

Colonial Williamsburg is excavating the Nassau Street site of First Baptist Church, founded in secret by free and enslaved Blacks in 1776. Part of an ongoing collaboration with First Baptist Church and the Let Freedom Ring Foundation, this nationally-significant project has unearthed the church’s first permanent structure dating to the early 1800s. These initial efforts and future work will help expand programming and tell a more complete and inclusive story about our nation’s founding and life in 18th-century America.