Old Sardis Baptist Church was organized in 1884 and rebuilt in its current form in 1925. Rev. Robert L. Alford became pastor in 1947, and the church hosted meetings to organize the Alabama Christian Movement for Human Rights (ACMHR), of which he was co-founder.

Old Sardis is located in the Smithfield community dubbed "Dynamite Hill" because of the frequency of racially motivated bombings that occurred in the area as black middle class moved into the previously all-white neighborhood in the 1960s.


  • Title: Old Sardis Baptist Church
  • Date Created: 1925
  • Location: Birmingham, Alabama

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