Bethel Baptist Church
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Name: Bethel Baptist Church
Class: House of Worship
County: Jefferson, Alabama, U.S.A.
U.S. Board on Geographic Names ID: 151369

Bethel Baptist Church is located at:
Latitude 33.5514937 North,
Longitude 86.8008237 West,
Elevation 172 meters above sea level, in Jefferson County, Alabama, U.S.A.

Additional information:
National Historic Landmark
The Bethel Baptist Church, Parsonage, and Guardhouse are associated with the first organized movement of the modern civil rights movement that attacked multiple aspects of segregation. While earlier organized movements focused on bus segregation, the Alabama Christian Movement for Human Rights (ACMHR), headquartered in Bethel from 1956-1961, applied both legal and nonviolent direct action against segregated accommodations, transportation, schools and employment discrimination. This method would serve as a model for later movements, including the 1963 Birmingham demonstrations that led to the Civil Rights act of 1964. The church and its parsonage played a crucial role in the 1961 Freedom Ride that traveled from Washington, DC to Mississippi, and resulted in federal enforcement of US Supreme Court and Interstate Commerce Commission rulings to desegregate public transportation. As the bus ride's designated point of contact in Alabama, the church and parsonage were places of refuge for wounded and stranded riders rescued by ACMHR members, and where activist Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth coordinated with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and the Kennedy administration to continue the ride on to Montgomery.


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This website is maintained by Tom Alciere, based on public domain data from the U.S. Board on Geographic Names.