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Dexter Avenue King Memorial 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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  • Had a powerful tour from Wanda. She told of the important history here and made it personal. She was wonderful. The place is an important historical spot! 
  • We brought our 2 children (ages 7 & 12) here to Montgomery from NY to get a feel for the rich history of our nation that is so pertinent in Montgomery, AL. We had not planned on a visit to the church ...  more »
  • A must see in Montgomery if you are at all interested in the life of Martin Luther King Jr. Our guide was very knowledgeable about the history of the church and was very passionate about making sure w...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Loved it ms.wanda took her time to explain everything even the paintings on the wall
  • Perfect timing! We stopped by while we were downtown and were fortunate enough to run into Ms. Wanda who saw us outside and encouraged us to get a tour with Ms. Muhammed and a joint tour of the parsonage just down the street. Inside you can tour Dr. King's office, a pulpit used by Dr. King and the actor who played him in 'Selma' (for the movie buffs, you can see a special note left there by David Oyelowo), & a beautiful mural. When we went to the parsonage we were fortunate enough to run into Ms. Wanda again at a community picnic & Easter egg hunt and got to chat with her about connecting with the local community and trying to increase visitors at their church. If you get a chance, swing by and meet the loveliest people at the Dexter Ave King Memorial Baptist Church and get a tour of a unique piece of Civil Rights history.
  • Macehalle and Ms Cherry gave us a personalized tour of the Dexter Baptist church. It was very informative and these 2 women couldn't have been any nicer! I highly recommend this historical spot when you visit AL.