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Black Masonic Temple

Historic Site

Built in 1923, this Neo-classical Revival, seven-story stone, brick and steel structure served as a principal center of social and cultural life in the era of segregation. Black doctors and lawyers had their offices here, as did other prominent African-American community leaders and organizations. The building, which still serves as home to Birmingham's African-American Masons, was a staging ground for much of the Civil Rights activities in Birmingham. The city's first major gathering of civil rights activists took place in the building in 1932. Over the years a variety of civil rights advocacy groups were housed in the building including the Southern Negro Youth Congress, the International Labor Defense, the Jefferson County Negro Democratic League, the Right to Vote Club and the NAACP. It was also the office of attorney Arthur Shores who played an important role in dozens of court cases and lawsuits regarding voting and education. Designed by a black architect and built by a black construction firm, the temple is highly regarded for its architectural significance.

Black Masonic Temple
1630 Fourth Ave.
Birmingham, AL 35203
205-328-9078
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