Tour 4: Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site
Tour leaders: Rebecca Karcher, National Park Service and Marty Smith, National Park Service
The Martin Luther King National Historic Site was created by Congress in 1980 to “preserve, protect and interpret for the benefit, inspiration and education of present and future generations” the places where Martin Luther King Jr. was born; where he lived, worked, and worshiped; and where he is buried, while also interpreting the life experiences and significance of one of the most influential African Americans in the 20th century. The site is located on Auburn Avenue, once described by Fortune magazine as “the richest Negro street in America,” the commercial, cultural, and spiritual center of Atlanta’s African American community for much of the 20th century. Martin Luther King Jr. was born and raised on Auburn Avenue, and three generations of his family were pastors at Ebenezer Baptist Church, located just a block from the home in which King lived until age 12. The tour includes the King Birth Home; Ebenezer Baptist Church; the King Center for Nonviolent Social Change, where Martin Luther and Coretta Scott King are buried; and a permanent exhibition, Courage to Lead, at the National Park Service Visitor Center.
Please note: This bus tour includes some walking. The site is ADA compliant.
Limit 50 people. $20 members, $25 nonmembers