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Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, Montgomery

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Dexter Avenue Baptist Church is a Baptist church in Montgomery, Alabama, United States. The church was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1974. In 1978 the official name was changed to the Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church, in memory of Dr. 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.HistoryThe 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. 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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  • The church where Martin Luther King Jr had his first congregation and became inspired to work for equality. The church itself is interesting but we had an incredible docent give us the tour.  more »
  • My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed the tour of the sanctuary of the church and the more historical part on the lower level which included Dr. King's office. We were able to put on hands on the podium...  more »
  • Anyone who knows about MLK knows that he preached here for many years and it still breathes his spirit. Lovely caretaker, who prayed with me right on the spot. My heart was touched and I will always r...  more »
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  • Such a great tour-really the highlight of my time in Montgomery. Wanda was AMAZING. I learned so much about MLK and the history of the church. It made my time in Montgomery. I hope everyone gets Wanda as their tour guide. Her enthusiasm, passion and love of God was so inspiring.
  • This was the church where Martin Luther King preached. The tour was very personal and in-depth. Worth a visit if in Montgomery.
  • It was a surreal experience seeing where Dr. King preached. The tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and she was very interactive with the guests. This is a must-see if you are interested in such a pivotal point in history.
  • My Family had a wonderful visit today thanks to Ms. Wanda. She was very informative and really took her time to tell us about all the amazing stories about the Church and Rev. King. We came close to closing time but She still accommodated us and We had a Great time chatting with Her specially our 8yr. Old Son. She made the trip more special and memorable to us. This is definitely a not to miss spot if you are visiting Montgomery and wants to learn more about the Civil Rights History.
  • We had a party of seven for the tour with Wanda and had a fantastic time. Wanda engaged with everyone in our group - all the way from our 8 year old to my parents. I would also recommend visiting this church for worship - we went for Easter which was great. The congregation was very warm and welcoming and the service was impassioned and engaging. My mother is a retired minister (and not Baptist) and she was welcomed to come up front and participate in the service. The minister told us we were all associate members and we certainly felt that way, we'll go back next time through Montgomery.