On this day in Alabama history: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. became the minister of Dexter Avenue Baptist Church

On this day in Alabama history: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. became the minister of Dexter Avenue Baptist Church
Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church & Parsonage in Montgomery, 2005. (The George F. Landegger Collection of Alabama Photographs in Carol M. Highsmith's America, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division)

Oct. 31, 1954

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. became the 20th minister of Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery. Founded in 1877 and constructed between 1883 and 1889, the red-brick church has a long history of serving the African-American community under the leadership of well-trained, ambitious preachers such as King, Charles Octavius Boothe and Vernon Johns. The church was designated a national historic landmark in 1974 and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982. Today, visitors can tour the church and parsonage, which served as home to 12 pastors of the church, as well as a museum, garden and interpretive center.

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