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Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church

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Address: 454 Dexter Ave., Montgomery, AL
Phone Number:
+1 334-263-3970
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10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Tue - Fri 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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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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My Favorite of Montgomery's Civil Rights Sites

As an Alabamian, I visited with a guest, a native of Africa attending college in the U.S. Miss Wanda, our guide, greeted us as old friends and gave my African friend an especially... read more

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Auburn, Alabama
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

As an Alabamian, I visited with a guest, a native of Africa attending college in the U.S. Miss Wanda, our guide, greeted us as old friends and gave my African friend an especially warm welcome. What is special about this site is that it acknowledges and celebrates the faith ties of Dr. King and the civil rights movement. – it... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Had a powerful tour from Wanda. She told of the important history here and made it personal. She was wonderful. The place is an important historical spot!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We brought our 2 children (ages 7 & 12) here to Montgomery from NY to get a feel for the rich history of our nation that is so pertinent in Montgomery, AL. We had not planned on a visit to the church but it wound up being one of the most important and profound experiences of our Civil Rights road... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A must see in Montgomery if you are at all interested in the life of Martin Luther King Jr. Our guide was very knowledgeable about the history of the church and was very passionate about making sure we got the most out of our visit. Make sure to visit Dr. King's office in the basement.

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Worcester, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

As if Just being there wasn't enough! But we were fortunate enough to witness their 139th church anniversary with Dr.Bernice King as guest speaker! It was an honor and a blessing!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 20, 2016

We enjoyed the brief video and wonderful tour of the Dexter Ave. King Memorial Baptist church. Many important events in civil rights history have roots in this church. History lives here. A beautiful mural in the church basement details important civil rights events in the history of this church and in Montgomery.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 13, 2016

My wife and I had a wonderful experience this morning, attending church services at the Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church. We were in town for two days, a Sunday and Monday, when tours are not available; however, Sunday mornings present the opportunity to truly participate in the church’s legacy. An extremely welcoming community, Rev. Cromwell A. Handy gave a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 13, 2016 via mobile

While visiting several historical sites, one of the tour guides let us inside to view the church. The guide was very informative and took us downstairs to see Dr MLK's office. I was not expecting to be able to go inside to visit but the volunteers was very welcoming and had a great sense of pride! Great experience!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2016

It is incredible to say we have stood in the office where Martin Luther King wrote many of his sermons. You can't help but feel his presence because his office is perfectly preserved. From the moment we arrived Wanda made us feel welcome, her warm personality radiated and it is clear that she makes everyone who visits fell special.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2016

The person responsible for the tour was Mrs.Battle. She made the experience more meaningful because of her knowledge and warmth. She took time to share the history of Dr. King's involvement with the church in the context of the civil rights activities in Montgomery at the time.

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