Dexter Avenue Baptist Church

Church building in Alabama, United States of America

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Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, 2000
Dexter Avenue Baptist Church is located in Alabama
Dexter Avenue Baptist Church
Location454 Dexter Avenue
Montgomery, Alabama
Coordinates32°22′38.26″N 86°18′10″W / 32.3772944°N 86.30278°W / 32.3772944; -86.30278Coordinates: 32°22′38.26″N 86°18′10″W / 32.3772944°N 86.30278°W / 32.3772944; -86.30278
Built1883-89
Architectural styleLate Victorian, Other
NRHP reference No.74000431
Significant dates
Added to NRHPJuly 1, 1974[1]
Designated NHLMay 30, 1974[2]

Dexter Avenue Baptist Church is a Baptist church in Montgomery, Alabama, United States, affiliated with the Progressive National Baptist Convention. The church was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1974 because of its importance in the civil rights movement and American history.[2][3] In 1978 the official name was changed to the Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church, in memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who was pastor there and helped organize the Montgomery bus boycott in 1955 during the civil rights era. The church is located steps away from the Alabama State Capitol.

On January 1, 2008 the US Government submitted the church to UNESCO as part of an envisaged future World Heritage Site nomination, because of this important history. It is on the UNESCO "Tentative List of World Heritage Sites".[4]

  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. January 23, 2007.
  2. ^ a b "Dexter Avenue Baptist Church". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. September 18, 2007. Archived from the original on January 11, 2008.
  3. ^ Marcia M. Greenlee (July 1973). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: Dexter Avenue Baptist Church". National Park Service. Cite journal requires |journal= (help) and Accompanying 2 photos, exterior, from 1973 (1.29 MB)
  4. ^ UNESCO World Heritage Convention, Tentative Lists, Civil Rights Movement Sites, https://whc.unesco.org/en/tentativelists/5241/ (Referenced 6 Dec 2016)

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