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Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church

454 Dexter Ave., Montgomery, AL
334-263-3970
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Ranked #6 of 37 Attractions in Montgomery
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Activities: Leisure education, Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Northport, Alabama
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88 reviews 88 reviews
33 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Stand in the sanctuary and you can almost hear the voice of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. extolling his people to stand up for their rights and urging those in power to do what was right.

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Tampa, Florida
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14 reviews 14 reviews
11 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

We walked through the church on our way out from the Civil Rights Memorial Center. It's still a "small church" in size, but very touching and significant.

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Lelystad, The Netherlands
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32 reviews 32 reviews
13 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Glad we stopped here on our way thru Montgomery. Well worth the stop to relive our history. Certainly made us realize how humble Dr. King really was,

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Portland, Oregon
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72 reviews 72 reviews
14 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

This was a highlight of our trip. After a short movie, Wanda showed us around the church and gave a great sermon. Loved her.

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Montgomery
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

The tour guide was engaging and emotionally invested both in the history and current happenings of the church. She did a great job sharing the history of the space and the larger movement it has to come to represent. The mural downstairs of the many people and events that were a part of the Civil Rights Movement provided a visually... More

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Worcester, United Kingdom
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50 reviews 50 reviews
16 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

Well worth a visit to see Martin Luther church if only for about four years,and of course the birthplace of the civil rights movement

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Lawrenceburg
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

Enjoyed this, but I was transformed to the time and the people that had actually occupied the space and what they were trying to accomplish......it always give me an eery but spiritual feeling to be were history was made and lived out!

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Maynard, Massachusetts, United States
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

Such a juxtapostion - the church is just down the street from the Alabama State Capital, with it's statue of Jeff Davis in front. Very enthusiastic guides with great information.

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Durham, North Carolina
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52 reviews 52 reviews
22 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

I went here for Church on a Sunday during my stay here back in 2012. I could not help but think this is a place Dr. King had served. It was as if I could still feel the presence. There is a place downstairs where visitors can experience the history Dr.King made here.

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Hillsboro Beach, Florida
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38 reviews 38 reviews
12 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014

Great tour. We even had the chance to have an extended conversation with the Associate Pastor Smith and had a great dialogue with him. The church was build on the same grounds as the slave pens but African American craftsmen. Its more than 100 years old and a fine structure. When you walk into the sanctuary, a special feeling went... More

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