Butler Chapel AME Zion Church

Butler Chapel AME Zion Church (HM1B3C)

Location: Tuskegee, AL 36083 Macon County
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N 32° 25.113', W 85° 41.965'

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Before the mid-1960s, Tuskegee's black population faced many challenges when attempting to register to vote. Furthermore, the State of Alabama redrew the town's political boundaries in an effort to prevent registered blacks from voting in local elections. In response to this discrimination, several thousand people gathered at Butler Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church on June 25, 1957 for the first meeting of the Tuskegee Civic Association's "Crusade for Citizenship." Rev. Kenneth L. Buford, minister of Butler Chapel, along with several other speakers, urged their listeners to boycott white businesses. Local citizens challenged the boundary changes in court and won. National court cases and legislation eventually secured blacks the right to register to vote. By February 1964, Macon County had a predominately black electorate and several black citizens had been elected to offices, including Rev. Kenneth L. Buford, who served on the Tuskegee City Council.
HM NumberHM1B3C
Placed ByAlabama Historical Commission
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Date Added Monday, September 8th, 2014 at 9:15pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 622290 N 3587574
Decimal Degrees32.41855000, -85.69941667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 25.113', W 85° 41.965'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 25' 6.78" N, 85° 41' 57.90" W
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Area Code(s)334
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1001-1099 N Church St, Tuskegee AL 36083, US
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