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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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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I enjoyed my self at the MLK center see his birth home which you actually have to go really early to get a ticket to go inside if you want to visit the same day. I loved all the exhibits that they had about his life. I kind of wished they talked about Corretta's accomplishments to because I have to say behind every great man is a great women. I enjoy...
What a great tribute to one of the greatest leaders in recent history (and in my opinion, THE greatest leader in recent American history). If it wasn't for Martin Luther King, Jr., many of us would not be where we are today. Last year, my son and I stood at the place where he made his famous speech in Washington, DC, so it was great to walk through Ebenezer Baptist Church, where he was a pastor, and learn more about him at the visitor's center. We also paid some respect to him at his tomb. There really isn't much you can do that could measure up to what he has accomplished in the history and society of the United States. One simple but profound truth that we are all equal regardless of our labels is what he ...
Yayers...it's FREE for everyone. Though they do accept donations. It's actually several buildings all within walking distance from each other that is managed by the Department of the Interior National Park Service. That's why you see the workers in their green uniforms. The history center has the actual museum. It's best to start here so you can get a guide and tickets for MLK's house. There are several mini exhibits next to each other where one can learn about the bus boycotts, MLK's speeches, and other civil rights movements during the early 60's. The disadvantage of having these mini exhibits bunched up together is that all of them have some sort of video playing super loud, that pretty much drowns out th...
A must-see for any Atlantan or visitor to Atlanta....I can't believe I had not visited this National Park site that is practically down the street from where I live. The visitor center had an exhibit that was a tribute to the entire life of Martin Luther King Jr, with curved walls with items from his life and era, TVs with his speeches and sermons, and facts and information about his life, family and the civil rights movement in chronological order. My only critique is that the space and flow of the exhibit is a little cramped, especially since I visited during MLK weekend when the crowds of visitors were a little bigger. Other sites near the visitor center include the original and current Ebenezer Baptis...