Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church, Montgomery

4.8
#2 of 11 in Historic Sites in Montgomery
Dexter Avenue Baptist Church is a Baptist church in Montgomery, Alabama, United States. The church was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1974. On January 1, 2008 the US Government also submitted it to UNESCO as part of an envisaged future World Heritage nomination and as such it is on the so-called UNESCO 'Tentative List of World Heritage Sites'. In 1978 the official name was changed to the Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church, in memory of Martin Luther King Jr., who helped to organize the Montgomery Bus Boycott in the church's basement. The church is located steps away from the Alabama State Capitol.
The Dexter Avenue Baptist Church congregation was organized in 1877 and was first known as the Second Colored Baptist Church. The church trustees paid $270 on January 30, 1879 for a lot at the corner of what is now Dexter Avenue and Decatur Street. The first church building was a small wood-frame building, it began to be replaced by the current structure in 1883. The new brick building was not completed until 1889. The church began serving the broader African American community on October 3, 1887 when it hosted the first registration of students for Alabama State University. This community service continued into the 20th century with activities associated with the American Civil Rights Movement. In 1899, Selma University cofounder William H. McAlpine became pastor. Vernon Johns, an early leader of the Civil Rights Movement, served as pastor from 1947 to 1952. He was succeeded by Martin Luther King, Jr., who was pastor of the church from 1954 to 1960, and organized the Montgomery Bus Boycott from his basement office.
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  • We had a surprisingly good tour of the church. They let you see the small office in the basement where Dr. King worked. The murals in the main art of the church are very interesting. The guide is very...  more »
  • I have to admit when I signed up to attend this field trip with my daughter I was not expecting to be so moved. Wanda was a wonderful guide and a beautiful person. She really moved me to "answer the c...  more »
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  • Great experience-everyone here greets you with a hug-very inviting. My 11 yr old has been wanting to see bits of history for Dr.King and this was an awesome exp.
  • This was an awesome experience my family and I had an wonderful experience with the entire staff. They were extremely professional, and made this experience so personal. I enjoyed the history and passion displayed during the entire presentation.

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