On this day in Alabama history: First Baptist Church of Selma was founded

On this day in Alabama history: First Baptist Church of Selma was founded
First Baptist Church of Selma, 2008. (Emmett Tullos; Wikipedia)

May 29, 1842

In 1842, members of the Ocmulgee Baptist Church in nearby Perry County placed an ad in a local Selma paper to gauge interest in starting a new church in the area. The response was favorable, so First Baptist Church of Selma was founded on May 29, 1842. After the Battle of Selma in April 1865, the church was the only one in the area still open for Sunday services, and Union soldiers attended services. Over the years, First Baptist Church of Selma staff have helped plan and establish many sister churches around Alabama, including First Baptist Church (also in Selma), which originally was the First Colored Baptist Church. That church became an important symbol during the civil rights movement as host to the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee.

Read more at Encyclopedia of Alabama.

 

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