Martin Luther King National Historic Site, Atlanta, Georgia
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Martin Luther King, Jr., National Historic Site established on October 10, 1980, consists of several buildings surrounding Martin Luther King, Jr.'s boyhood home on Auburn Avenue in the Sweet Auburn historic district of Atlanta, Georgia. The original Ebenezer Baptist Church, the church where King and his father Martin Luther King, Sr. pastored, is also part of the national historic site.
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MLK Site: Civil Rights History All Around YouFlag review
It is very interesting to tour the exhibit and especially the home where he was born and Ebenezer Baptist Church. There were several different exhibits, and because the site is spread out between several buildings, it kept things moving. The tomb area and reflecting pool are lovely. One tip – for some reason, I found parking confusing. GPS will take you to the site itself – not the parking area – and that is a street over and at the time, marking wasn’t clear. Give yourself time to find the spot and park. Even for the big kids, pick up a Jr. Ranger booklet. My youngest usually does the activities (or some of them) with help from his older brothers. Even if I'm at a National Park site alone I still get the Jr. Ranger books. It's free and I like to learn about the site in such a fun and simple way. My friend recommends picking up a National Parks Passport while you are there! They are inexpensive and you can get a stamp at any national park you visit. It makes for a great souvenir and collection starter all in one!
Tips for Families
Recently the National Park Service has started giving out trading cards about the sites. Ask if they have any cards. We've collected ones from several different sites and it's a fun way to learn about the places, and people associated with the site. Have lunch at the Sweet Auburn Curb Market. The site has a unique history of it's own. Initially called the Municipal Market, it was changed to reflect the experience of the black shoppers who could only patronize the stalls on the curb.
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This was a last minute addition to our trip, and it was one of the highlights of our trip to Atlanta. There was no charge for anything I could find. The most inspiring for me was sitting in the old Ebenezer Baptist church and hearing the audio of one of Kin...
Great tribute to this historical icon. As a child of the 60's it was an emotional journey retracing the life of Martin Luther King. The visit to his grave was equally moving. Would recommend this site to anyone that remember...
Powerful exhibits and film of the Civil Righ
I took my boys, 9 and 13, to the MLK Historic Site and we spent a couple of hours there watching the film and looking at the exhibits. I was sorry we didn't get to see the home where Dr. King was born, but they tours fill up quickly and we had to go back home. So I would recommend going there first and getting the tickets. The exhibits are very well done and there is a lot of film and interviews and my kids were fascinated with it. The 30 minute film is very well done as well. The mule drawn wagon that carried Dr. King's body is also on display and is very powerful. This Site is a must see for children to start a discussion about our nation's history and some of the sadder chapters of it. The Museum covers h...
Wonderful - should not be missed!
After visiting the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, we had always said we would like to visit the place where ''the dream'' began. We were not disappointed It is very difficult to write about this historical site and to say something that others have not already said. I personally, blubbed on more than one occasion through...