Historic Bethel Baptist Church

What happened on
December 25, 1956?

~ Oh Holy Night ~

On Christmas evening, December 25, 1956, Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth was sitting in the bedroom of the Bethel Church Parsonage reading his Bible when a homemade bomb exploded in the yard just outside. the house foundations were blown away and the structure collapsed instantly. Neighbors who rushed to the scene presumed Rev. Shuttlesworth had been crushed. Soon a crowd gathered and angry voices began shouting for retaliation. Slowly, out of the rubble and confusion, Rev. Shuttlesworth Emerged and stood up. He assured the crowd that he was unharmed and urged them to return peacefully to their homes. He later said that, at the moment of the explosion, he felt an overwhelming sense of peace and assurance that his life would be saved to continue his work. This plaque marks the spot where Rev. Shuttlesworth was touched by God.

Historic Bethel Baptist Church Community Foundation

Jan 18, 2009

~ Oh Holy Night ~

On Christmas evening, December 25, 1956, Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth was sitting in the bedroom of the Bethel Church Parsonage reading his Bible when a homemade bomb exploded in the yard just outside. the house foundations were blown away and the structure collapsed instantly. Neighbors who rushed to the scene presumed Rev. Shuttlesworth had been crushed. Soon a crowd gathered and angry voices began shouting for retaliation. Slowly, out of the rubble and confusion, Rev. Shuttlesworth Emerged and stood up. He assured the crowd that he was unharmed and urged them to return peacefully to their homes. He later said that, at the moment of the explosion, he felt an overwhelming sense of peace and assurance that his life would be saved to continue his work. This plaque marks the spot where Rev. Shuttlesworth was touched by God.

Historic Bethel Baptist Church Community Foundation

Jan 18, 2009