In 1832, the congregation had a serious split over doctrinal issues that took years to resolve.
Some members felt that Marshall was too taken by the new ideas of Rev. Marshall and more than 2,600 members left to found a congregation that kept the name of First African Baptist.
They purchased a building to use at Franklin Square that had belonged to the First Baptist Church.
In the 1850s, they constructed a new sanctuary facility on Franklin Square.
Leile's master, a Baptist deacon, had freed him before the American Revolutionary War.
Over the next few years, Leile converted and baptized slaves in the area.
Bryan became a preacher and leader in the congregation.
David George and his family went with Loyalists to Nova Scotia.
These included David George, one of eight slaves who were baptized and formed a congregation called the Silver Bluff Baptist Church in Aiken County, South Carolina, across the river from Augusta.
George was appointed an elder and preacher, and attracted nearly 30 members over the next few years.
After the Revolutionary War started, in 1778 Leile made his way to the British-occupied city of Savannah, to ensure his security behind British lines.
The British had offered freedom to slaves who escaped their rebel masters.