Selma in Dallas County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
Tabernacle Baptist Church
Tabernacle Baptist Church was founded in 1885, and in March of that year, the congregation purchased this site. Built in 1922 under the leadership of Dr. David Vivian Jemison, the current church features bricks from the original church building on the south and west elevations. Designed by African-American architect and Tabernacle member David T. West, this building is the most formidable Classic Revival design of any African-American institution in Selma from the Jim Crow era. With a multi-colored stained glass clerestory shining light down on the huge open interior, Tabernacle was the most architecturally compelling space Selma's African-Americans could experience for most of the twentieth century. The decision by West and the congregation to situate the church on the corner of Minter Avenue and Broad Street, with a monumental classical-style façade facing Broad, was a concession to the bitter Jim crow ethos of the time. As it also had a "separate but equal" entrance on Minter Avenue the congregation could actually use. Tabernacle continues to be a leader for Christian influence and social justice.
Upon the death of Dallas County Voter's League stalwart Sam Boynton in May 1963, Amelia
Erected 2014 by the Tabernacle Baptist Church Congregation.
Location. 32° 25.181′ N, 87° 1.463′ W. Marker is Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1431 Broad Street, Selma AL 36701, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Tabernacle Baptist Church (a few steps from this marker); Last Stronghold Falls (approx. ¼ mile away); John Tyler Morgan House (approx. half a mile away); Interior Redoubt No. III (approx. half a mile away); R.B. Hudson High School (approx. half a mile away); White - Force Cottage (approx. half a mile away); Ware - Baker - Jones House (approx. half a mile away); Mabry - Jones Home (approx. half a mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Selma.
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker.
Also see . . .
1. National Register of Historic Places Program. (Submitted on March 28, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
2. Dedication and Unveiling of Historic Markers at Tabernacle Baptist Church (Blog). (Submitted on March 28, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
Categories. • African Americans • Churches, Etc. • Civil Rights •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 305 times since then and 3 times this year. Last updated on , by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.