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Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church

Pastored by Martin Luther King Jr.;
Montgomery Bus Boycott Organized

Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church
Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church
Click to enlarge. © 2008 OnThisVerySpot.com.

Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church
Click to enlarge. © 2008 OnThisVerySpot.com.

454 Dexter Avenue
Montgomery, Alabama 36104
United States

On This Very Spot in 1879, this corner lot was purchased for $270 and the city's second African-American church began meeting in a small woodframe building. The present structure was built between 1883 and 1889. The congregation had actually begun meeting in 1877 in a former slave trader's pen nearby.

On This Very Spot from 1954 to 1960, Martin Luther King, Jr. served as pastor. The pulpit used by Dr. King is still on display.

On This Very Spot on December 2, 1955 the Montgomery bus boycott was organized. Dr. Martin Luther King's address that evening electrified the crowd and catapulted him to the head of the American Civil Rights Movement.

On This Very Spot on June 3, 1974, the church was placed on the list of National Historic Landmarks (USA).

On This Very Spot in 1980, artist and Dexter deacon John W. Feagin, painted a 10' by 47' mural at the church. The mural depicts scenes of Dr. King’s journey from Montgomery to Memphis.

For more history on this very spot, visit the church's official website.

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This spot is an operating church open to the public during regular services. This spot is also a memorial administered by the Dexter Avenue King Memorial Foundation. For complete visitor's information, including hours of operation, admission fees, and map & directions, visit the official website at www.dexterkingmemorial.org.

Location: Montgomery in Southern Alabama.

Nearest Major Airport: Birmingham or Atlanta




 
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