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Tabernacle Baptist Church was listed on The National Register of Historic Places, July 10, 2013. Tabernacle Baptist was organized in 1884 for Selma University students, faculty and emerging middle-class Negroes. The church’s ministers and members were leaders in pioneering and enduring African-American Baptist organizations, including Rev. Dr. D. V. Jemison, who served as president of the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc.

Its ministers and congregation were also active in the Civil Rights Movement. At the request of Bernard Lafayette Jr. (Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) Organizer) and Mrs. Amelia Boynton (Civil Rights Activist), Pastor Louis Lloyd Anderson opened the doors of Tabernacle in May 1963 to start The Voting Rights Movement. [ Read More ]


In this virtual field trip, students will learn from both Kirk Carrington and Tabernacle’s immersive and interactive Xplore AR platform to place them in the midst of Tabernacle Baptist Church where they will discover how church and community leaders were instrumental in laying the foundation for the signing of the Voting Rights Bill. Selma and Tabernacle Baptist Church helped the nation focus on the denial of the right to vote and exposed the root cause of racial segregation.

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