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Montgomery

Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church

Located at 454 Dexter Avenue, sits this National Historic Landmark. The Dexter Avenue Baptist Church congregation was organized in 1877 and was first known as the Second Colored Baptist Church. Here you can see the modest pulpit where Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. first preached his message of hope and brotherhood. The church was also a centerpiece of the Montgomery Bus Boycott. There is an admission charge and tours are scheduled around a week in advance. The landmark is open Tuesdays through Saturdays. Designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1974, the church is located steps away from the Alabama State Capitol. The first church building was a small wood-frame building that 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 in 1887. Near the church is the Dexter Parsonage Museum, which served as home to twelve pastors of the church between 1920 and 1992.