On Saturday, Feb. 4, 1843, the first issue of The Alabama Baptist was published in Marion. Milo Jewett, president of Judson Female Institute, was listed as senior editor. The paper was printed by Love and Dykous, publishers of the Marion Herald.
The Committee on Periodicals of the Alabama Baptist State Convention quickly recommended and messengers approved the new paper as the convention’s official organ for communicating with cooperating churches. (TAB)
In 1889, The Alabama Baptist reported that messengers to the Alabama Baptist State Convention meeting in Selma voted to establish a five-woman group — called the Central Committee — to promote missions causes among women of Alabama Baptist churches.
The action came despite strong opposition from some pastors who argued Southern women did not want to engage in the public forum.
The convention vote complied with a request by the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) asking all states to appoint Central Committees to promote missions.
Mrs. L.A. Hamilton was the first president. The following year the Central Committee became the Alabama Woman’s Missionary Union (WMU) affiliated with the SBC WMU Auxiliary. (TAB)