Brown Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church

410 Martin Luther King, Jr. St., Selma, Alabama



Brown Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church played a major role in the events that led to the adoption of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Brown Chapel was the headquarters of the Selma Voting Rights Movement and the starting point of the three Selma-to-Montgomery Marches. Media coverage of the violence during the marches showed that equal access to the ballot was far from being realized. The nation's reaction to Selma's "Bloody Sunday March" is widely credited with making the passage of the Voting Rights Act politically viable to an otherwise cautious Congress. -- National Historic Landmark statement of significance, December 12, 1997

National Register information 

Note: The following information comes from the NRHP database and has not been verified.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on February 4, 1982
Reference number
Areas of significance
Ethnic Heritage - Black; Politics/Government; Architecture; Social History
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic function
Religious structure
Current function
Religious structure
Periods of significance
1950-1974; 1900-1924
Significant years
1908; 1965