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Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church

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Address: 454 Dexter Ave., Montgomery, AL
Phone Number: 334-263-3970
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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., used the pulpit of this unassuming red brick...

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., used the pulpit of this unassuming red brick church to lead the 1955-56 Montgomery bus boycott, which ignited the civil rights movement. Steeped in history, this church, where Dr. King served as pastor from 1954 to 1960, was also the site of many civil rights meetings during that era.

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Being in this church was a very moving experience. To see the pulpit where MLK preached and then go into his office is an experience not to be missed. This place reeks of history... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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Michigan
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167 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Being in this church was a very moving experience. To see the pulpit where MLK preached and then go into his office is an experience not to be missed. This place reeks of history and memories. The staff was wonderful and welcomed us with open arms. This experience will last for the rest of my life.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Being in Martin Luther King's office, seeing where they planned the Montgomery bus boycott, and seeing the pulpit from which King called for freedom and justice was just amazing. The church has a positive energy and simplicity that you must feel and see.

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Malvern, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Last year when I was driving through Montgomery, The Dexter Avenue Church was closed. This year we had a tour to be forever remembered. We were greeted by Wanda, the most enthusiastic tour guide anyone can imagine. She clearly loves what she does and is devoted to making a visit to Dexter Avenue a unique experience. While we were there,... More 

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Barbados
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We rang the bell not long before closing and we were warmly greeted by two staff members one of whom took us on a tour of the building while explaining the events and significants of the Church in the struggle for justice and equality in the Martin Luther King era of the 50's and 60's and its continuation to today.... More 

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South Boston, Virginia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We decided to go on a Sunday to visit a local congregation. Needless to say, we felt completely unwelcomed there and felt like people didn't even want our family to be there.

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Huntsville, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Dexter Ave Church tour is an marvelous way to spend 2 hrs of your time and take a trip back in history. Wanda Battles bring to life the story of the church and MLK's efforts to create change along with other civil rights leaders of the time. Plus it is convenient to the Freedom Riders, Rosa Parks, MLK Parsonage,... More 

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Milwaukee, Wi
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We decided to attend church service here as we were in Montgomery for a weekend. The congregation was very welcoming and the service moving and the music and preaching uplifting. The service did last over 2 hours which is longer than our home church services. They also have guided tours some days of the week , not on Sunday. We... More 

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Zephyrhills, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My son and I stopped by the church in July on our way from Florida to Memphis...Wanda greeted us and took us on a tour that was so very informative and interesting. Wanda is by far, the best tour guide I have ever met-she made us feel like a part of the church family-warm and inviting and she is so... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

Unfortunately we were unable to take a tour when we visited as it was closed. So close to the Capitol building and a lot more historical places in Montgomery.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015

Dr. Martin Luther King preached here for many years. The 1965 Selma to Montgomery march ended just a few feet away at the Capitol steps. A must visit for anyone just passing by Montgomery.

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