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Miriam T. Norris

Tour Guide

Dexter Avenue Baptist Church

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Dexter Avenue Baptist Church

309 South Jackson St.

Montgomery, Alabama,36103

United States

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"We're walking on eggshells," says Cameron Freeman Napier, honorary regent for life of the First White Houseof the Confederacy, where Davis lived for several months before the capital moved to Richmond, Va. ... Miriam Norris, an African American born shortly after the bus boycott, is a tour guide at Dexter Avenue Baptist.


www.limorentalrichmond.com

"We're walking on eggshells," says Cameron Freeman Napier, honorary regent for life of the First White Houseof the Confederacy, where Davis lived for several months before the capital moved to Richmond, Va. ... Miriam Norris, an African American born shortly after the bus boycott, is a tour guide at Dexter Avenue Baptist.
Mary stayed Lincoln, holding the hands of people who suffer from bathing and its fevered brows with wet rags.


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Miriam Norris, tourism director, Dexter Avenue Baptist Church (Photo: Lisa Singh)
Miriam Norris knows a good story when she sees it. Three years ago, on the heels of a 25-year career in radio and broadcast journalism, Norris became tourism director at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church. With that role, she took on a story close to her heart: the moment a 24-year old minister named Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., took to the pulpit of his own church, for the first time. It would remain the only church where he would serve as senior pastor. Under King's leadership, Dexter Avenue Baptist Church soon proved the staging ground for what would become a watershed moment in the Civil Rights movement: the Montgomery bus boycott, which stretched over a 381-day period until a federal court declared the city's bus segregation laws unconstitutional. "If nothing [else], this is a good story to tell, I never tire of telling it," says Norris, who also grew up in the church and is an active member of what remains, today, a vibrant congregation of nearly 250 members. The day I give Norris a call, she fields additional calls every few minutes. (January through September is especially busy, as school groups and organizations book tours.) "It's very gratifying that people are still inspired by what happened here - people are inspired that ordinary individuals chose this place and that time to stand up for what was good for all people," says Norris. "That delights me." And keeps her telling the story.


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Miriam Norris, tourism director, Dexter Avenue Baptist Church (Photo: Lisa Singh)
Miriam Norris knows a good story when she sees it. Three years ago, on the heels of a 25-year career in radio and broadcast journalism, Norris became tourism director at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church. With that role, she took on a story close to her heart: the moment a 24-year old minister named Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., took to the pulpit of his own church, for the first time. It would remain the only church where he would serve as senior pastor. Under King’s leadership, Dexter Avenue Baptist Church soon proved the staging ground for what would become a watershed moment in the Civil Rights movement: the Montgomery bus boycott, which stretched over a 381-day period until a federal court declared the city’s bus segregation laws unconstitutional. “If nothing [else], this is a good story to tell, I never tire of telling it,†says Norris, who also grew up in the church and is an active member of what remains, today, a vibrant congregation of nearly 250 members. The day I give Norris a call, she fields additional calls every few minutes. (January through September is especially busy, as school groups and organizations book tours.)


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Dexter Avenue was "the first and only church where Dr. King had the opportunity to serve as senior pastor," noted Miriam T. Norris, the church's tour manager.
"The church is a National Historic Landmark," noted Norris. The simple basement area played a role as a backdrop for a significant Civil Rights event -- the Montgomery bus boycott. "Rosa Parks had been arrested and bailed out by the man who was the local president of the NAACP," Norris said. Parks, a seamstress at a Montgomery department store, was the third black person in the state capital to be arrested "because she defied the government and refused to give up her seat" to white passengers on the bus, Norris said. Looking around the basement, Norris explained, "It was here that a core group of activists came right after her arrest. The group began making plans for how to respond to Parks' arrest and to consider how to communicate the message "to the black community at large," Norris said. "It all started right here in the church basement," she said. Amazing, the church "was never the target of any racial violence," Norris said. Four other black churches in Montgomery were "targets of racial vandals" during the 1950s and 1960s, she said. In addition to the people who visit the church as tourists -- an average of "a thousand a month from all over the world," Norris said -- there are many people who plan a trip to worship at at Sunday service at Dexter Avenue. A Martin Luther King Jr. Day service has been held at Dexter Avenue annually for the past 32 years. At the most recent service on Jan. 17, Alabama's new governor was among those scheduled to participate. "You can't get a seat in the house that day," Norris said. "People," she said, "are still impressed by what happened here."


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