Atlanta Georgia

Old Fourth Ward

Old Fourth Ward in Atlanta is a well known historic neighborhood where old and new come together to make a unique & quaint town setting that anyone can appreciate. Located in an area originally settled in the early 1800s, the Old Fourth Ward in Atlanta is the birthplace of America's best-known Civil Rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Today, the Old Fourth Ward is home to the MLK Jr. National Historic Site and the Sweet Auburn Historic District, a National Historic Landmark known for its role in African-American history. The Old Fourth Ward in Atlanta was also an early player in higher education for African-Americans, as the Atlanta neighborhood was once home to Morris Brown College, the first educational institution in Georgia under sole African-American patronage!

Since the 1980s, the Historic District Development Corporation has worked to preserve and revitalize the Old Fourth Ward in Atlanta's Sweet Auburn District, which experienced a decline after Dr. King's death. Visitors can tour restored shotgun houses, Victorian homes and Craftsman bungalows in the neighborhood. Elsewhere in the Old Fourth Ward are signs of marked retail development as well as new lofts and condos. The nearby Freedom Park offers outdoor recreation and events the entire family can enjoy!

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