Dexter Avenue and “The Daybreak of Freedom”

Richard Lischer

in The Preacher King

Published in print March 1997 | ISBN: 9780195111323
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199853298 | DOI:
Dexter Avenue and “The Daybreak of Freedom”

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King arrived in the city of Montgomery in 1954 to hold the pastorate of the best known Negro church in the city, the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church. Dexter was constructed during Reconstruction on the site of the city's four slave pens. As a black church, it occupies a central location in the city of Montgomery. It is three-quarters of the way up Goat Hill from the city's main business district. Dexter is an old-fashioned red-bricked building with a dilapidated frame cupola topped by a copper roof and weathervane. Martin Luther King, Jr. approached Dexter Avenue Baptist Church as the initial challenge of all that he learned from the church and his mentors.

Keywords: Montgomery; Dexter Avenue Baptist Church; Goat Hill; black church; slave pens

Chapter.  7685 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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