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Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church added to National Register of Historic Places

Family stories say my uncle Wes Martin was a brick mason who helped build the Tabernacle Baptist Church in Selma, Alabama…he died a year after it’s completion, leaving behind a grieving wife and four small children.

Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church (Selma, AL)

Tabernacle Baptist Church

Where: 1431 Broad Street Selma, Alabama

Visit Tabernacle Baptist Online

Listed on National Register of Historic Places: July 10, 2013

Significance: Eligible for listing in the National Registry of Historical Places for it’s significance to social history, religion, ethnic importance and architectural importance.

Social History: Tabernacle Baptist has connections to the Civil Rights Movement in Selma (1922-1968). It was the site for many of the meetings and rallies of the Civil Rights Movement,, working alongside other community groups, churches and organizations including the Brown Chapel A.M.E.  Rev. Louis Lloyd Anderson opened the doors to Tabernacle Baptist for the first mass meeting for voting rights. Rev. Anderson later ran for political office in a segregated Selma. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke at Tabernacle Baptist on two separate occasions.

Religion and Ethnic Importance: Tabernacle Baptist was founded in 1885 and built its present building in 1922, it is an established place of religious, community and cultural significance in Selma. Tabernacle Baptist is also the home of four presidents of The National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc.; the largest Baptist denominational group in the U.S.

Architectural Importance: The Tabernacle Baptist Church is a Classical Revival, designed in 1922 by a congregation member named David T. West, an African-American architect. According to the National Register of Historic Places program, “It is the most formidable Classical Revival design of any African American institution in Selma from the Jim Crow era.”

The Classical Revival style is based on the architecture of classical Greece and Rome.


For More Info:

Audience at Tabernacle Baptist Church in Selma, Alabama, probably listening to Martin Luther King, Jr,. speak, Courier Photograph Collection (Image):

National Register of Historic Places Program, Tabernacle Baptist Church:

“Selma’s Tabernacle Baptist Church officially added to National Register of Historic Places” by Hannah Lane, WSFA Channel 12 News, 03/11/2014:

“Tabernacle Baptist placed on National Register” by Katie Wood, Selma Times Journal, 07/19/2013:


West Martin WWI Draft Card:


Wes Martin Death Certificate (Dallas County, Ala):

June 26, 2014 at 6:08 am Leave a comment

Luke Martin 1918 Draft Card

LUKE MARTIN – U.S. World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918

Permanent Home Address: RFD 4 Box 48 City Dallas AL

Age: 33, Born 1885

Occupation: Farmer

Employer: Mrs. C.F. Grin

Nearest Relative: Julia Phillips (same address, I believe her husband is Max Phillips)

Description: Tall, Slender Build, Brown eyes, Black hair

Date: Sept 12, 1918

Note: Uncle Luke & Aunt Julia are siblings to my (g) grandmother, Sarah Jane Martin. Their parents are Jane (Judge) and Jordan Martin of Dallas County, Alabama.


Negro cabin, Montgomery, Alabama

October 10, 2012 at 8:08 pm Leave a comment

Frank Martin 1918 Draft Card

Frank Martin Draft Card, 1918 * Summerfield, Dallas County, Alabama

Residence: Summerfield Alabama

Age: 20

Date of Birth: June 1898

Race: Negro

Occupation: Farm Laborer

Employer Name: Lucy Greene

Nearest Relative: Lucy Green, Summerfield, Ala

Description: Medium Height, Medium Build, Black Hair


Frank Martin is a cousin. Another cousin that worked for Sol & Lucy Greene is Herbert Martin.

Sol and Lucy (Callens) Greene lived in Summerfield, Dallas County, Alabama and worked as farmers.

I believe the parents of Frank Martin are Jim (James, b. 1873) and Lucy Martin (b. 1888). Jim is the brother of my (g) great-grandmother, Sarah Jane Martin. Which makes Frank Martin a cousin.

October 3, 2012 at 6:19 pm Leave a comment

Lettie Austin (Martin) – Death Certificate – Bibb County, AL

Lettie Austin (maiden name Martin)

Born: 1900

Death: Sept. 17, 1946

Spouse: Richman “Rich” Austin

Father: Jordan Martin

Mother: Jane Martin

Film# 1908811


Aunt Lettie (Martin) Austin is the sister of my (g) great-grandmother, Sarah Jane Martin. Their parents, Jordan & Jane ” Judge” Martin, were farmers living in Dallas County, Alabama (Woodlawn and Summerfield) and had 9 children together.

Lettie and her husband, Rich Austin (b. 1895), lived in Brent (Bibb County), Alabama, with their children Richman A. Austin (b.1922) , Ethel M. Austin (b. 1926), Dewitt Austin (b. 1929) and Fannie B. Austin (b. 1930). 


In Memory of Our Dearest Mother: Lettie Martin Austin, May 1896-Sept. 1946

Cooper’s Cemetary, the “colored” side of Centreville Cemetary

Source: “Cooper’s Cemetary” by  Ingrid Marshall & Debbie Paige, Bibb Co AL Gen Web:

October 3, 2012 at 6:02 pm Leave a comment

Wes Martin – Death Certificate – Dallas County, AL

Wes Martin

Date of Death: May 8, 1923

Place: Selma, Alabama (Dallas County)

Spouse: Alberta Martin

Father: –rden Martin (Jordan)

Mother: Jane Martin (Judge)


NOTES: Wes Martin is the brother of my great- great-grandmother Sarah Jane Martin.

Wes Martin was a brick mason who helped to build the Tabnernacle Church on Broad Street in Selma, Alabama.

CD “Dugga” Martin, the son of Wes, was very helpful in telling family stories, and helping begin this genealogical adventure! Rest in Peace, I will always cherish the memory of sitting in your living room with my cousin Nile, hearing the stories of our family. xo

August 29, 2012 at 8:32 pm 1 comment

Bama M. Dock (Martin) – Death Certificate

Bama M. Dock (maiden name Martin)

Death: April 24, 1971

Place: Selma, Alabama (Dallas County)

Father: Jordan Martin

Mother: Jane Martin (“Judge”)

film # 2051650


“The foundation of family–that’s were it all begins for me.”, Faith Hill


August 29, 2012 at 8:29 pm Leave a comment

1910: Jim and Sarah J. Green(e), Summerfield AL

Wedding Bouquet

1910 United States Federal Census
Jim and Sarah J. Green

Name: Jim Green
Age in 1910: 39
Estimated birth year: 1871
Birthplace: Alabama
Relation to Head of House: Head
Father’s Birth Place: Alabama
Mother’s Birth Place: Alabama
Spouse’s name: Sarah J Green
Home in 1910: Summerfield, Dallas, Alabama. I can’t read the street name looks like Braud/Broad something??
Marital Status: Married, 1906
Race: Black
Gender: Male

Household Members:
Jim Green 39, husband, b. 1871
Sarah J Green 34, wife, b. 1876
Lettie Green 2, daughter, b. 1908
Lettie Martin Jr. 3 , nephew (could be Levie), b. 1907
Lum Martin 4, nephew, b. 1906

ALSO on this page are Sol (b. 1873) & Lucy (Callens) Green(e), b. 1880, and their two sons, Frank (b. 1902) & Herbert (b. 1903) 

Source Citation: Year: 1910; Census Place: Summerfield, Dallas, Alabama; Roll T624_11; Page: 7B; Enumeration District: 64; Image: 53.

Source Information: 1910 United States Federal Census

The farm in Summerfield was owned by Henry and Amanda Martin, and my family worked this land for generations.

Sarah Jane Martin and Simon Robins are the parents of my great-grandmother Mary Ella (“Mel”, “Mary”) Martin-Morton b. 1897. Sarah Jane Martin and Simon Robins were neighbors, and grew up together.

Family stories say Simon Robins died, and it is likely Sarah Jane had relatives help care for her young daughter. I believe Aunt Julia helped raise Mary, though her connection to the Robins and Green(e) families remained strong throughout her life.

I can find no record of Sarah Jane Martin or Sarah Jane (J) Green(e) living with her daughter. Family stories also say Sarah Jane died at a young age.

The Green(e) are kin to the Martins, in many ways our family line has become one through ties of marriage and loyalty. I also found Jim Green(e) and Sarah J. Martin listed in…

1900 Census, Summerfield, My Family Line:
Martin, Sarah J. Black. Head (25) born April 1875.

Green, Jim. Black. Head (29) born May 1871. *I believe he is the brother of Solomon “Sol” Green(e) and son of Silas and Margarett Green(e)*

Martin, Julia. Black. Head (18) born 1882. (The daughter of Judge and Jordan Martin, sister of Sarah Jane., she is said to have helped care for Sarah Jane’s daughter.)

Matin (Martin), Jim (this probably is “James” son Judge and Jordan Martin, brother of Sarah Jane). Black. Head (26) born 1876.
Lucy, 1888.
Frank, 1896.
Hubbard, August 1898.
Jordan, July 1899.

If you have any information on any of these family lines, please leave a note below 🙂

September 9, 2010 at 3:33 am Leave a comment

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