Photo, Print, Drawing 4. Rear face of building in perspective from the south - Thirty-Second Street Baptist Church, 518 Thirty-second Street, South, Birmingham, Jefferson County, AL Photos from Survey HABS AL-984
About this Item
- Thirty-Second Street Baptist Church, 518 Thirty-second Street, South, Birmingham, Jefferson County, AL
- Contributor Names
- Historic American Buildings Survey, creator
- Morton, Ellis M
- Rayfield, Wallace A
- Franklin, C L
- Parker, C H
- Price, Virginia Barrett, transmitter
- Birmingham Historical Society, contractor
- Dennis, Christopher, field team
- Howell, Brenda, field team
- Jones, Bill, field team
- Slaughter, Carol, field team
- Hamilton, Amy, field team
- Anderson, Richard K, Jr, delineator
- White, Marjorie L, historian
- Lowe, Jet, photographer
- Created / Published
- Documentation compiled after 1933
- Subject Headings
- - Baptist churches
- - brick buildings
- - religions
- - civil rights
- - Alabama -- Jefferson County -- Birmingham
- - Significance: The Thirty-Second Street Baptist Church was organized in the early 20th Century as the Rising Star Baptist Church. Since 1910, the church has been located on 32nd Street (Lots 23 and 24 in Block 472 of the Elyton Land Company survey) in this then residential area of Southside, which spread from the industries of the city center to the mansions of Highland Avenue. These establishments provided employment to church members. In 1924, Rev. Ellis M. Morton (pastor 1921-1940) incorporated the church and spearheaded construction of architect Wallace A. Rayfield's massive and classically proportioned Beaux Arts style structure. Following Reverend Morton's tenure, the Rev. C.L. Franklin, father to popular singer Aretha Franklin, briefly pastored the congregation. Rev. C.H. Parker (pastor 1946-1983) also provided strong and stable leadership of a membership estimated at 300 persons. Until 1963, pastors lived next door in the one-story frame parsonage. The church sanctuary functioned as one big room "for one big family" with services, Sunday School classes and meetings all conducted, at separate times, in the two-story open space. Due to its large seating capacity and supportive pastor, Thirty Second Street Church frequently hosted Alabama Christian Movement for Human Rights (ACMHR) and other Civil Rights era meetings. In 1995, during the pastorage of the Rev. Roy C. Allen (1984-present), the church moved to a new campus nearer the residences of the current membership. The future of the historic church is uncertain.
- - Unprocessed Field note material exists for this structure: N786
- - Survey number: HABS AL-984
- - Building/structure dates: 1924 Initial Construction
- Photo(s): 4
- Measured Drawing(s): 1
- Photo Caption Page(s): 1
- Call Number/Physical Location
- HABS ALA,37-BIRM,35-
- Source Collection
- Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)
- Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.print
- Control Number
- Rights Advisory
- No known restrictions on images made by the U.S. Government; images copied from other sources may be restricted. http://www.loc.gov/rr/print/res/114_habs.html
- Online Format
- Photo(s): 4 | Measured Drawing(s): 1 | Photo Caption Page(s): 1
- Anderson, Richard K, Jr
- Birmingham Historical Society
- Dennis, Christopher
- Franklin, C L
- Hamilton, Amy
- Historic American Buildings Survey
- Howell, Brenda
- Jones, Bill
- Lowe, Jet
- Morton, Ellis M
- Parker, C H
- Price, Virginia Barrett
- Rayfield, Wallace a
- Slaughter, Carol
- White, Marjorie L
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Historic American Buildings Survey, Creator, Ellis M Morton, Wallace A Rayfield, C L Franklin, C H Parker, Contractor Birmingham Historical Society, Christopher Dennis, et al., Lowe, Jet, photographer. Thirty-Second Street Baptist Church, 518 Thirty-second Street, South, Birmingham, Jefferson County, AL. Alabama Birmingham Jefferson County, 1933. Documentation Compiled After. Photograph. https://www.loc.gov/item/al1215/.
APA citation style:
Historic American Buildings Survey, C., Morton, E. M., Rayfield, W. A., Franklin, C. L., Parker, C. H., Birmingham Historical Society, C. [...] White, M. L., Lowe, J., photographer. (1933) Thirty-Second Street Baptist Church, 518 Thirty-second Street, South, Birmingham, Jefferson County, AL. Alabama Birmingham Jefferson County, 1933. Documentation Compiled After. [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/al1215/.
MLA citation style:
Historic American Buildings Survey, Creator, et al., photographer by Lowe, Jet. Thirty-Second Street Baptist Church, 518 Thirty-second Street, South, Birmingham, Jefferson County, AL. Documentation Compiled After. Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/al1215/>.