A little about us!

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 led by Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth to organize the Alabama Christian Movement for Human Rights (ACMHR), of which he was co-founder. Old Sardis is located in the Enon Ridge 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.

On June 1, 1956, all NAACP offices in Alabama were forced to close, as a result of Attorney General John Patterson’s nine-year injunction against the civil rights organization. This left a void in local civil rights leadership and a desperate need for a new group to lead Birmingham’s black community in its campaign to end unfair treatment from whites. Recognizing this need, local black leaders called a mass meeting at [Old] Sardis Baptist Church on June 5, 1956. Approximately 1,000 people attended, and the Alabama Christian Movement for Human Rights created.

Presently, we called Reverend Camara J. Blue on October 1, 2017 as Pastor. He has been working diligently with the church for the betterment of our community and the city as a whole.

Old Sardis Baptist Church's Deacons weekly attend The Unity Breakfast, a breakfast held here at multiple churches involving city and church leaders. The subject of the meetings is to discuss what is best for the community in regard to our culture, church, government, and youth.

Many great things are in store for Old Sardis and we're looking to what God has in store for us!

Fred Shuttlesworth
Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth at the ACMHR meeting at the church