Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site
Encompassing nearly 35 acres, the free Martin Luther King, Jr. Historic Site is comprised of landmarks as well as modern-day monuments and facilities. Take a journey through the underlying historical struggles of the South as well as the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Here, visitors can pay their respects at Dr. King's original gravesite and current tomb. Take a tour of his boyhood home, Ebenezer Baptist Church and historic Fire Station No. 6 - one of the South's first desegregated fire houses, which now serves the community with free exhibits. Walk in the footsteps of a hero at the International Civil Rights Walk of Fame, the only walkway to feature authentic shoe prints of civil rights pioneers.
Also found within this community is The King Center. The Center continues to spread the radical, nonviolent ministry through educational and inspirational materials including audio, video and the preserved writings of Dr. King himself.
The Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site is located within Atlanta's Sweet Auburn district. Within these few city blocks African-American businesses flourished, where wealthy residents coined the name "Sweet Auburn" in honor of their financial success. Paschal's Restaurant, one of the first African-American owned eateries, became the unofficial headquarters for civil rights leaders. During the 1960s, Sweet Auburn became a haven for political activists, providing a spiritual center for the country's first nonviolent revolution.
Today, Sweet Auburn is home to many great restaurants, inspirational centers and more. Find delicious dishes of diverse cuisines at Sweet Auburn Bistro, Serpas True Food, Negril Caribbean Cuisine and Sweet Auburn Bread Co. Head over to the APEX Museum for a photographic tour of African-American culture. Visit the Sweet Auburn Curb Market for a taste of history along with fresh produce, baked goods and one killer burger from Grindhouse.
Fun, family-friendly and free, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Historic Site is a great activity whether you spend an hour or a day. Feel the power of history though these evocative exhibits, tours and museums.
For more information about Atlanta's civil rights legacy, visit our Atlanta civil rights site and live the unforgettable journey through a progressive city's quest for equality and leadership.
Admission is free; however, donations are welcome.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site Tours
The National Park Service offers free guided tours of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birth home. Pick up a timed ticket at the information desk inside Freedom Hall at The King Center.
Tours fill up quickly so reserve your tickets first, then explore the rest of the area while you are waiting for your time slot.
The GPS Ranger is a self-guided device that takes you on a walking tour through the Historic Site area. The GPS Ranger can be rented for $9.95 and is available at Fire Station #6 on the corner of Auburn Avenue and Boulevard.
Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site Contact Information
450 Auburn Avenue, NE
Atlanta, GA 30312-1525
Headquarters: (404) 331-5190
Visitors Information: (404) 331-6922 (recording)
Fax: (404) 730-3112
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