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16th Street Baptist Church collection

Identifier: AC-550

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of six items related to the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama that range in date from 1927-1971. There is a form letter produced in 1927 (this copy is unused) to send to members whose contributions have been deemed delinquent. There are three programs for the annual celebration of the "Emancipation of Negroes of the United States held at Sixteenth Street Baptist Church" for the years 1946, 1952, and 1953. There is another form letter from Charles A. Brown to the church membership asking for material and information that might help him write a history of the church. It is dated December 29, 1950 and signed by the minister, Luke Beard. The last item is an in-house publication titled "Triumph Over Tragedy" and written by minister James T. Crutcher. It's dated 1971. This copy belonged to Miss S. B. Russell. The publication is a compilation about the state of the church, including covenant, a short history, list of officers, committees, and members who contributed money, as well as other information.


  • 1927-1971

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Historical Note


Organized in 1873 as the First Colored Baptist Church of Birmingham, Alabama. Sixteenth Street was the first black church in Birmingham. Initially, the congregation worshiped in a small building on the corner of 12th Street North and 4th Avenue and later moved to 3rd Avenue North between 19th and 20th Streets. In 1880 the congregation moved to its present location at 16th Street and 6th Avenue North. The present church was completed in 1911.


0.01 Linear Feet (1 folder)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased in 2021

Processing Information

Processed by Kim Sims, November 2022

16th Street Baptist Church collection
Kim Sims
November 2022
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository