1. How did the First Baptist Church of Montgomery and the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church form?
Negroes form the First Baptist Church of Montgomery in 1867 when a group of them leaves the First Baptist Church to start their own congregation. Ten years later more people leave to form the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church. The two churches struggle with their differences for many years, competing against each other like siblings.
2. What were the differences between the First Baptist Church and the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church?
Dexter Avenue Baptist draw a small congregation of highly intelligent people where First Baptist prides itself on a large congregation of less intellectual types. Where First Baptist Church prides itself on its high class preachers and the fact their preachers stay for long periods, Dexter Avenue Baptist Church finds it difficult to hire a preacher that can fulfill the high expectations of its congregation.
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