Visit Atlanta’s Martin Luther King, Jr Sites
There are several prominent sites in Atlanta connected with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site contains an area along Auburn Avenue east of downtown. The site includes the birthplace home, the Ebenezer Baptist Church where King preached, and the King Center. Dr. King was an alumnus of Morehouse College, located just southwest of downtown Atlanta.
The King Birth Home, located at 501 Auburn Avenue, was built in 1895. King was born in an upstairs bedroom of the house, which was owned by his maternal grandparents. The King family lived in the house until Martin was 12 years old. The home is part of the Martin Black satta 786 Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site, and park rangers lead guided tours through the house. The tours are free, but are limited to 15 visitors at a time. Tour registration is located at the Freedom Hall Complex at the King Center. Tour times fill up early in the day, and reservations are not accepted.
Martin Luther King, Jr., his father, and his maternal grandfather were all pastors at Ebenezer Baptist Church. King’s funeral was held in the church. A restoration of the historic sanctuary was begun in 2001. Structural repairs were made to the building, as well as upgrades to the electrical and heating and air conditioning systems. Preservation measures for the stained glass windows and pipe organ were also taken.
The Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change was established by Dr. King’s widow, Coretta Scott King, in 1968. The center preserves King’s legacy of peaceful social change and documents his role in the Civil Rights movement. Exhibits on his life are on display in Freedom Hall. The crypts of Dr. and Mrs. King are located in the outside plaza. The King Center also contains the King Library and Archives. Admission to the King Center is free.