Below is a list of historical Atlanta landmarks that helped shape the city into one of inspiration and change.
Atlanta Life Insurance Company
What began as the venture of Alonzo Herndon, a former slave, has stood the test of time as a shining example of success in Atlanta's African American community. Herndon's company is over 100 years old and maintains its position as the number one African-American insurer of group life benefits. The Atlanta Life Insurance Company is still located on historic Auburn Avenue.
Auburn Avenue Research Library
The Auburn Avenue Research Library is the perfect resource for students or anybody looking to learn more about African American history and the city of Atlanta. While having exclusive claim of being the first of its kind in the Southeast, the library values inclusion with an open door policy. Those looking to lose themselves in the vast offerings of the facility have the opportunity to learn about a past that is a part of every future.
Jimmy Carter Library and Museum
As the former governor of Georgia and President of the United States Jimmy Carter is a man that we are proud to call a local. Atlanta continues to show appreciation for Carter's impact, with the Jimmy Carter Library and Museum—a popular spot for tourists, schools, and proud Atlantans. Visitors will find countless documents from the Carter administration, an archive of thousands of photographs, and his Nobel Peace Prize, all just a mile away from The King Center.
The King Center
In 1968, after Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination, wife Coretta established the King Center to honor the life and works of her husband. The serene courtyard fountain, library, and many exhibits give those who tour the facilities a closer look at the man who left a larger than life legacy.
Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Birth Home
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.
Ebenezer Baptist Church
Since its founding in 1886, Ebenezer Baptist Church has been home to instrumental figures in creating the Atlanta of today. During the 1960s Martin Luther King Sr. and Martin Luther King, Jr. served as co-pastors, working hard in the surrounding community to provide spiritual guidance and serve as activists on behalf of African Americans.
Martin Luther King, Jr. was born here, many of Atlanta's prominent black-owned businesses began here, and countless hours were spent here thinking of a brighter future for the city. Sweet Auburn may be nothing more than a few blocks, but the significance to the city is undeniable. Take a self-guided stroll through this historic district and immerse yourself in history, culture and true Southern hospitality!
Tomb of Dr. Martin Luther and Coretta Scott King
Buried in a marble tomb on permanent display at the King Center for Nonviolent Social Change, Dr. Martin Luther King and his wife Coretta Scott King inspire both locals and visitors daily. The tomb overlooks King's childhood sanctuary at Ebenezer Baptist church within the historic Sweet Auburn district.
Sweet Auburn Curb Market
Originally a segregated one-stop shop, the Sweet Auburn Curb Market was developed to help bring fresh produce and farm goods to urban dwellers. Today the market offers fresh produce as well as hot meals, and features local crafters and handmade wares.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Sculpture
Located on Freedom Parkway, this is one of Atlanta's most recognizable sculptures. This poignant monument is a daily inspiration to the city known as the cultural catalyst of the Civil Rights Movement.
Ambassador Andrew Young Statue
Found at the corner of Andrew Young International Boulevard and Spring Street, this monument celebrates the life and ministries of Andrew Young and his contributions to the city, as well as the nation. This civil rights leader, mayor and UN Ambassador remains an inspiration to city.
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