Historic Markers Across Alabama

Beulah Baptist Church

Marker ID: AHA 
Location: 3703 Rosa L Parks Ave Montgomery, Alabama
County: Montgomery
Coordinates: N 32° 20.302    W 086° 18.971
  32.33836666    -86.31618333
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WMJZ52


Beulah Baptist Church
Organized 1880

Beulah Baptist Church was organized in the home of Monday and Dora Duvall, on the corner of Hull and Winnie Streets. Rev. William (Billy) Jenkins served as the pastor when the first church building was erected on Norton Street. Beulah served as the first classroom for the Alabama Colored People's University, which later became State Normal College, then Alabama State University. During the Church's centennial celebration, the University's president, Dr. Levi Watkins, who was a member of Beulah, hailed the contribution. Beulah also was the home church for Nat King Cole's family.

Beulah's edifice served as a gathering place for many civic, political, and spiritual meetings, including a mass meeting on January 23, 1956 which affirmed support for the on-going bus boycott. Beulah has housed the Boys and Girls Club, and several church congregations and hosted the Alabama Baptist and Southeast Antioch District Conventions. The Montgomery community has benefitted from Beulah's clothes closet, meals-on-wheels, and other health and welfare programs.

Alabama Historical Association.

End of Beulah Baptist Church