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“6 stars - an intimate museum experience”

Dexter Parsonage Museum - Dr. Martin Luther King home
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Mystery Tour in Montgomery AL
Ranked #1 of 73 things to do in Montgomery
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Martin Luther King's residence from September 1954 to February 1960.
Reviewed September 21, 2013

Shirley Cherry and her colleagues are living national treasures! Absolutely gifted story-tellers and exceptionally warm hosts, they make the visit to MLK's Dexter Parsonage home a memorable event. We've lived around the world and been to a lot of museums, but this is a very special, emotionally charged experience. It feels very intimate to stand in MLK's kitchen while listening to a CD of his sermon about the history-making revelation he received in that very spot late one night. Highly, highly recommended.

An extra bonus: They told us about the barbershop on the next block where MLK's barber still works, so after our visit we walked over and my husband got his hair trimmed at Nelson Malden's shop while we listened to his stories about MLK. Priceless. (I can't believe it's not listed here as one of the recommended "Things to Do" in Montgomery!)

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Reviewed September 16, 2013

Don't miss this amazing experience of visiting The Dexter Parsonage Museum and Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church. My daughter and I visited on August 29, 2013 and the experience was incredible. Mrs. Cherry stories sent chills all over me.She is amazing and eloquent. Her description was so touching, I could feel the presence of Dr. King. This was my first time visiting Montgomery.

2  Thank Marilyn S
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Reviewed September 3, 2013

Fantastic visit, met some great people there and had a tour around the house by a lady who knew Martin Luther King personally. Wow!

1  Thank Hannah M
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Reviewed August 31, 2013

I visited the Dexter Parsonage Museum & Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church, and had the honour of Ms. Cherry as host guide for my visit to Dr. King's residence during his years in Montgomery. The house, within the compact downtown area of Montgomery, is furnished as it was in the 50's, and it is fascinating to walk through - more so because of Shirley's eloquent descriptions of MLK's life and self-doubts during this turbulent period. Highly recommended.

3  Thank Aussie_Ostrich
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Reviewed August 17, 2013

We were fortunate enough to catch the last tour of the day on a Saturday, and it was an incredible experience. The docent was actually a member of one of Coretta Scott King's activist groups during the civil rights movement. The home is set up exactly as it was when the King family lived there, and during the tour we were able to really see and explore the home - all of the furniture was actually used by the King family. Hearing this woman's perspective on the events of the time period and seeing where many pivotal moments of the Civil Rights Movement occurred was an experience that shouldn't be missed.

3  Thank Trompetista89
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