Voices of Alabama: Old Sardis Baptist Church

Meet Carolyn Aurelia Sherrod and Alicia Jean Mann, members of Old Sardis Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, who provide their oral histories of the site and its pivotal role in the African-American struggle for freedom.

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Archival images provided by: Old Sardis Baptist Church; Alabama Department of Archives and History;; Alabama Department of Archives and History, donated by Alabama Media Group, photo by unknown, Birmingham News; Birmingham News file photo by Tom Hardin, 1956.