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Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church

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Address: 454 Dexter Ave, Montgomery, AL 36104-3743
Phone Number: 334-263-3970
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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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I was surprised as to how many historic events happened in this church that Dr. King pastored for a relatively short time. I was surprised as to how close it is to the state... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I was surprised as to how many historic events happened in this church that Dr. King pastored for a relatively short time. I was surprised as to how close it is to the state capitol building and that a slave market had once existed at the other end of the street. This is a must-see for anyone wanting to learn... More 

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Huntsville, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I didn't know about this place until I visited it with my son's elementary class; the history we learned from the guide was amazing; it was very touching and powerful; it is close to the capital and doesn't take long, so I do recommend making it a part of your day; you do "listen" a lot in the same location,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Awesome tour guide who was very knowledgeable about the amazing history of this place. If you want to get a view into MLK and the civil rights movement, this place should be on top of your list. Beautiful mural in basement, chance to stand behind MLK's pulpit, and see the church itself. Better yet, visit on a Sunday for services!

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The tour starts with a short, informative video. The wonderful Wanda Battle then gave us a tour of the church. We came here on the recommendation of Rebecca Front in a Sunday Times article. She wrote that Wanda is not only one of the finest tour guides you could wish for but also simply a radiant person. I don't think... More 

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West Chester, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped at this church with my 18 year old son and 88 year old father. We were welcomed to the church by a wonderful, knowledgeable woman named Wanda. We throughly enjoyed our visit and all left after a hug from Wanda. Well worth a visit!

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Thank Denise K
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

She knows her facts and has read up on her history and fun facts about MLK Jr.! Wow does she know her stuff! Wanda makes everyone feel loved and important. She explains the heritage of MLK Jr and the little known facts about him. The church itself is a gem and I would recommend everyone go visit! Fabulous experience!!!

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DeLand, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The city of Montgomery was the heart of the Civil Rights Movement. Loved visiting every site that relates to the movement.

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Thank danrosebaugh
Manhattan Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a wonderful tour guide, Wanda Howard Battle, who made the events that took place in and around this historical place come alive. My husband, 14 year old daughter, and I learned so much. This tour was definitely a highlight of our weeklong road trip. Don't miss it!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We were traveling through Montgomery on a Monday so we just walked by this historic church located a block from the Alabama State Capitol Building. Signage provided us with basic information about its history. Worth the quick stop. FYI if you want to tout the Capitol Building you have to be there before 4. The whole Capitol Hill top area... More 

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Billings, Montana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My husband, daughter and I visited the Dexter Ave. King Memorial Baptist Church and it was one of the best tours of an historic site that we have ever been on. We had a small group that represented different ethnic groups and different parts of the country and our guide took us through the church and made us think and... More 

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