Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church
Home to some of the most important moments in Civil Rights history, the Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church is a must-see while taking an educational journey in Montgomery, Alabama.
This 19th-century church is a National Historic Landmark as well as an active faith institution. It is associated with Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement, as it is the very place where Dr. King first preached his message of brotherhood and hope.
There are tours of both the church and the adjoining parsonage Tuesday - Saturday on the hour every hour. The Church Tour will lead you to the very pulpit where Reverend King preached, take you around the building, and show you the large mural depicting the Civil Rights crusade. After the Church Tour head over to take the Parsonage Tour, which features the Dexter Parsonage Museum.
The parsonage was home to 12 pastors from 1920 - 1992, Dr. King and his family being residents of the home from 1954 to 1960. Take a good look around the 9-room clapboard home built in 1912, then head to the Interpretive Center and King-Johns Garden for Reflection. There is an onsite gift shop here as well, so be sure to pick up any educational materials you may need or want.
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