Selma in Dallas County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
First Baptist Church
Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail
In December 1964, law enforcement authorities in Selma sought an injunction against mass meetings. Martin Luther King Jr. purposely broke the law by delivering a speech at Brown Chapel on January 2, 1965. Although Brown Chapel became King's headquarters during the march to Montgomery, King and his colleagues were frequent speakers here, at what was aptly called "The Movement Church."
At First Baptist Church many African Americans learned the principles of nonviolent protest, sang freedom songs, and filled out voter registration forms for the first time.
Erected 2014 by the National Park Service, Department of the Interior.
Location. 32° 24.876′ N, 87° 1.07′ W. Marker is in Selma, Alabama, in Dallas County. Marker is at the intersection of Martin Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 709 Martin Luther King Jr. Street, Selma AL 36703, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Turning Point (a few steps from this marker); A Grassroots Movement (a few steps from this marker); George Washington Carver Neighborhood (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lewis Scott (about 600 feet away); I Had A Dream (approx. 0.2 miles away); Sanctuary to Stage (approx. 0.2 miles away); George Washington Carver Homes Projects (approx. 0.2 miles away); Temple Mishkan Israel (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Selma.
Regarding First Baptist Church. This Gothic Revival-style church building was constructed in 1894 by a local black architect, Dave Benjamin West. The church was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.
Additional keywords. SNCC
Categories. • African Americans • Churches & Religion • Civil Rights •
Credits. This page was last revised on January 7, 2018. This page originally submitted on January 6, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 104 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on January 6, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. 4. submitted on January 7, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.