Bethel Baptist Church
Welcome to Birmingham's Bethel Baptist Church, one of America's most historic civil rights landmarks.
This church is located on 28th Avenue and offers tours to the public each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10 am to 3 pm (by appointment on Tuesdays and Thursdays). Visiting this church will give your group insight on the racial injustice that took place in Birmingham, on the Alabama Christian Movement for Human Rights organization, and on the life of Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth in general.
This House of God was home to activist Fred Shuttlesworth and his family, Shuttlesworth being the founder of the Alabama Christian Movement for Human Rights in June of 1956, as well as a helper in founding the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. The church served as headquarters from 1956 to 1961, a time in which 3 separate bombings by white extremists happened here. The first bombing in 1956 happened when Shuttlesworth and his family were inside the church, but they all survived in what they considered to be a 'modern-day miracle from God', a reason for Shuttlesworth to continue to lead the fight against racial injustice in Birmingham.
Learn about this and so much more during your insightful visit to Bethel Baptist Church.