Birth Home of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Born and raised on Auburn Avenue, Martin Luther King, Jr. is a true Atlantan. The childhood house of King still stands as a landmark (contact the National Park Service to schedule a tour), just a few blocks from his second home at Ebenezer Baptist Church.
Sweet Auburn Audio Tour
Martin Luther King, Jr. was born here, many of Atlanta's prominent black-owned businesses began here, and countless hours were spent creating of a brighter future for the city. Download the interactive podcast ''In Their Words: Andrew Young on Auburn Avenue' for a guided stroll through one of the city's most influential streets, and immerse yourself in history, culture and true Southern hospitality!
A symbol of achievement and strength through adversity, the Herndon Home is embodies the spirit of Atlanta. A former slave, Alonzo Herdon's upheaval of Jim Crowe laws and segregation came when he opened Atlanta Life Insurance Company in 1905, making him the city's wealthiest African-American by the late 1920s. One of the city's finest mansions, the Herndon Home tells its compelling story through tours, exhibits and special events.
International Civil Rights Walk of Fame
Where can you stand in the footsteps of the nation's civil rights icons? Undergoing constant additions, the Walk's footprints are created using shoes that have been contributed by the inductees. Walk through the everlasting shadows of Rosa Parks, Reverend Jesse Jackson and President Jimmy Carter, among many other leaders. Located in the Sweet Auburn District, the International Civil Rights Walk of Fame is an interactive memorial dedicated to those who created a progressive future for America.
The African-American Experience in Atlanta
Join a journey through the unique history that has had a profound effect on the history of both Atlanta and our nation. This tour offers an on-site view of Auburn Avenue, the famous street that shaped Martin Luther King Jr., as well as a number of the schools, churches, and historic sites where he and his wife Coretta Scott King left indelible marks.
Tour the MLK National Historic Site by GPS and enjoy history at your own pace.
Vicki L. Crawford, director of the Morehouse College Martin Luther King Jr. Collection, discusses the annual observances of the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday and Black History Month