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This church stood as a beacon for people to come, where they could worship freely, and it wasn't just about worship, it was also about life.

- Joyce Parrish O'Neal


Brown Chapel AME Church

Established in 1866 and joining the African Methodist Episcopal Denomination in 1868, this redbrick structure is most closely associated with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference’s (SCLC) 1965 Selma campaign to win equal access to the ballot for blacks. During that time, it served as the conference’s headquarters and as the site for rallies conducted by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. It is also where the Voting Rights March, the Bloody Sunday March, the Turnaround Tuesday March, and the Selma to Montgomery March began.

During the Civil Rights Movement, Brown Chapel remained open after the State and Federal courts issued injunctions to prohibit mass meetings in black churches, providing shelter to the movement during the storms of resistance to social and political change.

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Brown Chapel AME Church

Martin Luther King Street, Selma, AL, USA
(334) 874-7897

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Civil rights marchers leaving Brown Chapel AME Church in Selma, Alabama

courtesy Alabama Department of Archives and History, donated by Alabama Media Group, photo by Spider Martin, Birmingham News