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I think to this day, part of the gumption that I have, part of the reason that I'm able to really speak my mind when I’m in places is because right here in Montgomery, there is a tree that was born in the crater of a bomb blast, that tried to hurt people and stifle freedom. And I always say to myself, if Pastor Graetz could do that, surely I can do this.

- Ella Bell


Trinity Lutheran Church Parsonage

This home was the church residence of Robert S. Graetz, a white Lutheran clergyman who pastored the black congregation of Trinity Lutheran, placing him in the midst of community hostility the year of the Montgomery Bus Boycott.

Graetz openly supported the Montgomery Bus Boycott. He formally joined the movement, becoming secretary of the Montgomery Improvement Association and frequently attending meetings led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

He and his family were regularly targeted by the Ku Klux Klan. Graetz had his tires slashed, his car booby-trapped, and was arrested on false charges. The parsonage was bombed three times; the largest bomb, which failed to explode, would have killed the Graetz family and leveled much of the block.

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Rosa L Parks Avenue, Montgomery, AL, USA
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Rev. Robert Graetz and his wife Jeannie on their wedding day

courtesy Graetz family