Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site, Atlanta

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At Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site, see King's childhood home, the church where he and his father pastored, and the final resting place of King. Take a free ticket at the visitor center and join a guided tour of the house. Visit the museum that chronicles the American Civil Rights movements, and the "I Have a Dream" International World Peace Rose Garden--an artistic representation of King's life of non-violence. You can walk the International Civil Rights Walk of Fame, which honors those who fought for equality. On a brick island, at the center of a reflecting pool, you'll see the tomb of Martin Luther and his wife, Coretta. Before you head to Atlanta, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Atlanta day trip site , to make sure you see all that Atlanta has to offer, including Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site.
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  • My wife and I culminated our 24 day road trip of the Deep South USA with an afternoon visit to this site ahead of our evening flight from Atlanta to our home in England. It was a lovely sunny afternoo...  more »
  • There are many tourist attractions around the historic center. Within Washington, D.C., you can see traces of heartbreaking history, including the Lincoln Memorial, the Korean War Memorial and the Vietnam War Memorial, around the historic center of Marty Luther King, which is a tour around the lake.
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  • The Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park consists of several buildings in Atlanta, Georgia, including Martin Luther King Jr.'s boyhood home and the original Ebenezer Baptist Church, the church where King was baptized and both his father Martin Luther King Sr. and he were pastors. These places, critical to the interpretation of the life of Martin Luther King Jr. and his legacy as a leader of the American Civil Rights Movement, were included in the park when it was established on October 10, 1980. Formerly a National Historic Site, the unit was redesignated as a National Historical Park on January 8, 2018 by U.S. President Donald Trump. In total, the buildings included in the site make up 35 acres (0.14 km²). The visitor center contains a museum that chronicles the American Civil Rights Movement and the path of Martin Luther King Jr. An 1894 firehouse (Fire Station No. 6) served the Sweet Auburn community until 1991, and now contains a gift shop and an exhibit on desegregation in the Atlanta Fire Department. The "I Have a Dream" International World Peace Rose Garden, and a memorial tribute to Mohandas K. Gandhi are part of the site, as is the "International Civil Rights Walk of Fame" which commemorates some of the courageous pioneers who worked for social justice.
  • Fantastic exhibit detailing the life and work of Dr. King. Accessible from downtown by streetcar, bus, or my favorite: Jump bicycle (these are electric boost bikes accessible through an app. You still have to pedal the bike, but it conquers downtown's hill's with minimal effort) All of the exhibits in the central park are free. Dr. King's home is located a bit farther down the street to the East. My group and I did not realize this and did not plan enough time to see it. You also need a ticket to see it. Make sure you plan enough time because there are a lot of exhibits to see here.

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