Atlanta, Georgia: MLK Birthplace, Hometown, and Tomb in Historic Sweet Auburn

We actually ended up walking all around the neighborhood MLK Jr was born in and grew up in on the anniversary of his “I Have a Dream” speech. That was total coincidence, but it made the experience that much more significant. The house in which he was born was closed off for renovations, but we did get to see a firehouse from the time-period that he would have played around and the church he would have attended growing up, where he watched his father preach. We also visited the King Center, where he and Coretta Scott King are buried.

“The Sweet Auburn Historic District is a historic African-American neighborhood along and surrounding Auburn Avenue, east of downtown Atlanta, Georgia, United States. The name Sweet Auburn was coined by John Wesley Dobbs, referring to the ‘richest Negro street in the world,’ one of the largest concentrations of African-American businesses in the United States. A National Historic Landmark District was designated in 1976, covering 19 acres (7.7 ha) of the neighborhood, significant for its history and development as a segregated area under the state’s Jim Crow laws” (via Wikipedia).


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