Historic Markers Across Alabama

Dr. Martin Luther King / Ministers' Home Dexter Avenue

Marker ID: AHA 
Location: South Jackson Street, Montgomery, Alabama
County: Montgomery
Coordinates: N 32° 22.378    W 086° 17.78
  32.37296666    -86.29633333
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: None


Dr. Martin Luther King

Dr. King became pastor of Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in September, 1954. He led the Bus Boycott of 1955-56 as president of the Montgomery Improvement Association. Leaving Montgomery in 1960 he went on to national leadership in civil rights, advocating non-violence. Accomplishments include: president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference; Selma-Montgomery March; March on Washington; Nobel Peace Prize. His work brought on a world social-humanitarian movement. He was assassinated on April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tennessee, during an effort to secure laborers' rights.

Ministers' Home Dexter Avenue
King Memorial Baptist Church

House built circa 1912. It has been the home of the ministers of Dexter Avenue Baptist Church since 1919. Its most famous occupant, Dr. Martin Luther King, lived here from September 1954-February 1960. During this time he led the Bus Boycott launching an outstanding career as a world leader for civil rights and humanitarian causes. When a bomb damaged the house on January 31, 1956, Dr. King returned from a Boycott meeting and calmed an angry crowd from the porch, averting possible violence. From 1947-1952 the house was occupied by Dr. Vernon Johns, an earlier advocate of civil rights.

Erected 1993 by Alabama Historical Association.

End of Dr. Martin Luther King / Ministers' Home Dexter Avenue