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[AL] Sixth Ave Baptist Church B'ham

He keeps looking up
Porter, Turner write history of largest black church in Birmingham
Friday, November 05, 2004
GREG GARRISON
News staff writer

There aren't too many people who know more about the history of Birmingham's largest black church than the Rev. John T. Porter.

Porter, 73, was pastor of the 5,000-member Sixth Avenue Baptist Church from 1962 to 2000. This year, he published a history called "Keep Looking Up: The History of Sixth Avenue Baptist Church, 1881-2001," co-written with Nathan Hale Turner Jr., a member of the church and a copy editor at The Birmingham News.

It draws heavily on Porter's experiences. "A lot of it is my personal journey and things I remember about the church," Porter said.

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