Former King parsonage being restored, converted into museum

Posted: Friday, December 27, 2002

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- The former Baptist parsonage where a young Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. lived is undergoing $300,000 in renovations to become a museum.

The project is scheduled for completion in 2004, a year before the 50th anniversary of the historic Montgomery bus boycott, which was galvanized by King's pulpit oratory at the church, now known as the Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church.

''It was the scene of a lot of the hustle and bustle at the height of the civil rights movement,'' said the Rev. Michael Thurman, current pastor of the Dexter Avenue congregation.

King and his family lived in the home from 1954 to 1960, when his preaching and leadership skills brought the burgeoning protest movement to a head.

The Montgomery bus boycott was under way when the parsonage was bombed in 1956. King's wife, his young daughter and a church member were inside at the time, but all escaped injury.

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