The historical park is part of the Sweet Auburn neighborhood. Most of the homes in the historic district are privately owned and intermingle with the NPS run sites, and it’s really cool to see a park that is so integrated into the city. Park properties include a visitor center with a museum and film, the house where Martin Luther King, Jr. was born and spent his early years, the church where King and his father were co-pastors, and the tombs of Dr. King and Coretta Scott King, among other historic sites. It really captures the heart of the city while immersing visitors in history without losing sight of Dr. King's still thriving legacy and the timelessness of his work and his message.
“a great leader is born”
A young boy grows up in a time of segregation…A dreamer is moved by destiny into leadership of the modern civil rights movement…This was Martin Luther King, Jr. Come hear his story, visit the home of his birth, and where he played as a child. Walk in his footsteps, and hear his voice in the church where he moved hearts and minds. Marvel at how he was an instrument for social change.
Just like Dr. King never lead a march without a plan, you shouldn't visit Atlanta without a plan. At Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park you will find the places where Dr. King was born, lived, worked, worshipped, and is buried.
We started at the king center, went to ebenezer baptist church, the crypts reflecting pool and memorial center, then to Martin Luther King Jr's birth home, all within walking distance of the free car park. All the sights were informative and moving, though all of them were closing around the time we arrived (5pm). It was great to see such a well thought out exhibit dedicated to one of the most important men in world history, with great insight into his life and work.
Located at 449 Auburn Ave. The King Center for nonviolent social change is also the final resting place of Dr. King. Nearby is also Freedom Hall has exhibits dedicated to Martin Luther King Jr. and his Wife, Mohandas Ghandi and Rosa Parks. Located on the premises is a bookstore, a theater/auditorium and hallways full of artwork from all around the world. Serenely located in a courtyard sitting atop a plinth jutting out of a reflecting pool is the tomb of Martin Luther King Jr. and his beloved Wife.
Martin Luther King jr. was born in Atlanta and grew up in the small community of Sweet Auburn. In 1980 the National Parks Service declared several buildings an historical site in honor of Dr. King. The site includes the King’s boyhood home, Ebenezer Baptist church, the King center and a Visitors Center.
Plan to spend at LEAST 2 hours if you visit this site! Sprawled across a few blocks are MLK's home, museum, tomb, and center for nonviolent resistance. There are a hundred plaques to read and a lot of rich history to learn. Although MLK is the main attraction, there are also galleries devoted to Rosa Parks and Ghandi. If you are in the area, I strongly advise you to visit these historical sites.
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Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park
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