Selma in Dallas County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
Brown Chapel A.M.E. Church
Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail
We shall overcome
We shall overcome some day
"We Shall Overcome"
Anthem of the Civil Rights Movement
• Marchers clap and cheer during a speech by Martin Luther King Jr. at Brown Chapel. © Flip Schulke/Cortes
• After Bloody Sunday marchers fled to Brown Chapel, where they sought refuge from armed state troopers. © 1965 Spider
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Martin Luther King, Jr., and the National Historic Landmarks marker series.
Location. 32° 24.741′ N, 87° 0.989′ W. Marker is in Selma, Alabama, in Dallas County. Marker is on Martin Luther King Street 0.1 miles south of Clark Avenue, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is located directly across Martin Luther King Street from Brown A.M.E. Church. Marker is at or near this postal address: 410 Martin Luther King Street, Selma AL 36703, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Sanctuary to Stage (here, next to this marker); I Had A Dream (a few steps from this marker); George Washington Carver Homes Projects (within shouting distance of this marker); Lewis Scott (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); George Washington Carver Neighborhood (about 600 feet away); First Baptist Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Turning Point (approx. 0.2 miles away); A Grassroots Movement (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Selma.
Regarding Brown Chapel A.M.E. Church.
Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage (1976)
National Register of Historic Places
National Historic Landmark (1997)
Also see . . .
1. Brown Chapel A.M.E. Church (Wikipedia). This church was a starting point for the Selma to Montgomery marches in 1965 and, as the meeting place and offices of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) during the Selma Movement, played a major role in the events that led to the adoption of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The nation's reaction to Selma's "Bloody Sunday" march is widely credited with making the passage of the Voting Rights Act politically viable in the United States Congress. (Submitted on April 12, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Brown Chapel AME Church. On Sunday morning March 7, 1965, despite a ban on protest marches by Governor Wallace, about 600 black protestors gathered outside Brown Chapel to march from Selma to the state capital in Montgomery. On March 9, Martin Luther King, Jr., led a "symbolic" march to the bridge, and on March 21, after Governor Wallace's ban was overruled by Federal Judge Frank M. Johnson, Jr., King led the five-day march to the capital. (Submitted on April 12, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Categories. • African Americans • Churches & Religion • Civil Rights •
Credits. This page was last revised on April 12, 2019. This page originally submitted on April 10, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 47 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 11, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.