Day: February 9, 2019

Montgomery church removes Jefferson Davis pew

The pew was not recognized formally or dedicated to Davis’ memory until 1925. At the dedication of the pew, on Pentecost Sunday, a controversial politician and outspoken proponent of segregation from Tennessee, John Trotwood Moore, addressed the congregation. Moore had gained national attention by filibustering in Congress against an anti-lynching bill.


“For the survivors, confronting memories that have haunted them for years, gave them a chance to show their children and grandchildren part of their history in a way that would help them to understand where their family members had been and what they had experienced.”