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“Let it break your heart but never ever let it break your Spirit.”

Dexter Parsonage Museum - Dr. Martin Luther King home
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Mystery Tour in Montgomery AL
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Owner description: Martin Luther King's residence from September 1954 to February 1960.
Reviewed 30 January 2014

Ms. Shirley Cherry guided Elon University's Leadership Fellows through the Dexter Parsonage and this was a trip that will not be forgotten. The home was gorgeous and felt as if Dr. King himself was about to walk back through the front door at any minute. Ms. Cherry makes you feel like you are part of the history of the home with the way she explains the impact that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his family had on the world. Being able to stand in the King's kitchen was inspiring. Witnessing the very table where he received his revelation was something I will never forget. I absolutely loved this tour!

5  Thank Dawson N
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Reviewed 30 January 2014

Over several days we visited Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthplace and Ebeneezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, then visited Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, then the Dexter Parsonage. This combination was very powerful, working together, in helping change many of my perceptions about the civil rights movement. Of all these places, I felt like this tour helped me to understand how difficult it was for those involved in that movement, and particularly MLK. To see the place where a bomb went off intended to take his life, to learn of his epiphany when he thought about quitting to protect his family, then realizing he had the strength and courage to go on, and to listen to his words describe that event while we sat in the room where the event happened - very powerful.

The home itself is not fancy and there are not any wonderful signs, but the events that happened there are powerful. Very glad to have made this visit.

4  Thank Robert C
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Reviewed 21 January 2014

I had the great opportunity to visit the Parsonage on MLK day, what wonderful timing.

The house is nicely preserved. Though people lived in the house after King, they brought it back to approximately how it was during his residency. Be aware, however, that many of the decorations were not King's but are simply period-appropriate.

My guide was nice but didn't have a whole lot of stories to bring things to life, which other reviewers seem to have had.

1  Thank rustymambo
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Reviewed 21 January 2014

There are few people who can hold the attention of twenty eight eighth graders for over two hours. Ms. Shirley Cherry is one of them. The Dexter Avenue Baptist Church Parsonage is the highlight of our annual Civil Rights trip for our students.

Ms. Cherry interacts with the students on a personal level providing her sage advice and instilling in our students their opportunity and duty to change the world. These are lofty goals, but each person who interacts with Ms. Cherry feels like they can be achieved after their visit, a trait she shares with Martin Luther King, Jr.

Ms. Cherry makes the Kings' Montgomery home come alive. In addition to pointing out the authentic pieces of furniture in the home, she relates stories of experiences the Kings had while living there. We recommend the Parsonage as a "must see" if traveling to Montgomery.

3  Thank dkuntz
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Reviewed 20 January 2014

This was a beautiful trip back in time to see how much of the original contents of the parsonage have been preserved. There was some of the evidences of the negative instances that took place at the parsonage also. It touched my heart to actually see some of the things in and around the parsonage.

1  Thank SMM954
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