“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Selma in Dallas County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)

Tabernacle Baptist Church

Dallas County

Tabernacle Baptist Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, March 25, 2015
1. Tabernacle Baptist Church Marker
Side 1
In January 1885, Dr. Edward M. Brawley, President, Alabama Baptist Normal and Theological School (now Selma University) formed Tabernacle Baptist Church to be an integral part of the students' Christian formation and education. Significant associations existed between Tabernacle's congregation and leadership in the statewide and national African American Baptist Church, especially the National Baptist Convention, USA (NBC), which merged three organizations into one in 1895. Rev. W.H. Alpine and Rev. Brawley served as Presidents of the organizations that became the NBC and after the merger, Rev. D.V. Jemison and Rev. T.J. Jemison served as Presidents of the NBC. Tabernacle member Professor Richard Bryan Hudson served as General Secretary of the NBC from 1908-31. Dr. D.V. Jemison was commited to equality for Negroes and believed that pastors should be community leaders in this regard. During his time as NBC President that coincided with Franklin D. Roosevelt's Presidency, historians have compared the renown of Tabernacle to that of FDR's Little White House at Warm Springs, GA. Rev. Jemison exerted such power and influence over the NBC in an effort to fight for equal rights.
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Side 2
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Tabernacle Baptist
Tabernacle Baptist Church image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, March 25, 2015
2. Tabernacle Baptist Church
This marker on left
Church played a central role in Selma's Negro community during Dr. David Vivian Jemison's tenure as pastor. He served the church for 44 years from 1902-1929 and again from 1936-1954. He rooted his ministry in Christian stewardship and social justice, and the church began outreach programs to meet the community's economic, cultural and educational needs. Tabernacle provided leadership in music education for Selma's Negro community. Dr. William H. Dinkins, a Tabernacle member and President of Selma University from 1932-50 and his wife Almedia Burwell were strong supporters of music education. Their daughter Pauline D. Anderson fervently supported her husband, Rev. L.L. Anderson, in his efforts for equality. Tabernacle's members continued fighting for Civil Rights and social justice. Rev. John D. Hunter and Marie Foster were two of "The Courageous Eight" who invited Dr. Martin Luther King to Selma in 1964. The letter they signed violated Judge James Hare's injunction against people meeting in public to discuss breaking the law. Tabernacle member Dr. Sullivan Jackson and his wife Richie Jean hosted Dr. Martin Luther King in their Lapsley Street home.
Listed in the National Register of Historic Places

Erected 2014 by the Tabernacle Baptist Church Congregation.
Tabernacle Baptist Church showing both entrances. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, March 25, 2015
3. Tabernacle Baptist Church showing both entrances.
32° 25.169′ N, 87° 1.462′ W. Marker is in Selma, Alabama, in Dallas County. Marker is at the intersection of Broad Street (Business U.S. 80) and Minter Avenue, on the right when traveling south on Broad Street. Touch 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. 0.4 miles away); White - Force Cottage (approx. half a mile away); R.B. Hudson High School (approx. half a mile away); Ware - Baker - Jones House (approx. half a mile away); Mabry - Jones Home (approx. half a mile away); A Grassroots Movement (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map 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. (Submitted on March 28, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
Categories. African AmericansChurches & ReligionCivil RightsEducation
Tabernacle Baptist Church cornerstone. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, March 25, 2015
4. Tabernacle Baptist Church cornerstone.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 28, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 589 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 28, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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