Located right in downtown Montgomery, Alabama stands the historic Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church. The house of worship has been dedicated to one of the greatest pastors in the church’s history, Martin Luther King Jr. It was during his time at this church that he helped organize the Montgomery Bus Boycott in 1955.
Built in the late 1880s, this historic church has been a centerpiece for Civil Rights history. The church was founded by a congregation of freedmen. Over the years the church has had a number of leaders serve as pastor of the church. Some of these include William H. McAlpine (founder of Selma University), Vernon Johns (Civil Rights Movement leader) and Martin Luther King Jr. While MLK was pastor of the church from 1954 to 1960, he helped to organize the Montgomery Bus Boycott in the basement of the church in his office.
Today, the church is not only a beautiful representation of Victorian architecture, it is also a symbol to the great leaders of the Civil Rights Movement in Alabama.
How to Visit
The Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church is located at 454 Dexter Avenue in downtown Montgomery, Alabama. The church and parsonage are open for tours, sometimes by appointment so it is best to verify before visiting. For more information about the church, worship times and visitor information, please visit the official website here.
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