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Martin Luther King Jr. Home ~ Atlanta Ga

This evening, we had the honor of going to Martin Luther King Jr's childhood home. What a husted, fascinating moment, staring up at the pretty two story building, seeing the plaque marking it as his home.

There was something special in this close knit neighborhood of neat, wooden homes, big front porches, the community of Sweet Auburn. You could almost see it teaming with life at the dawn of the Civil Rights movement, families taking evening strolls, stopping for a few minutes to chat on the verandas.

When we pulled in, it was evening, just getting dark in early spring, and we were not able to tour the home, and church. Even so, there were a lot of cars touring the historic neighborhood that birthed this great Civil Rights leader's home. We were all on a quest - to find a glimpse of this precious part of our country's history, of this man who stirred hearts and souls into activity and who helped birth Civil Rights.

All we could do was walk around the outside of the building, at that hour.

It was open, so I went into the back yard. So this is where he played as a child. Dreamed. Lived. It was just amazing to be there. To touch the base of a window he probably looked out. To stare up at his home, there was just a sense of wonder and awe that I cannot quite explain.

Dr. King was killed when I was three. His story is not one of ancient history, or times long passed, but echoing still in our world.

There was something quiet, and still and wonderful about his neighborhood. Gleaming new Atlanta rising above in the near distance. There is a peace there, a tranquility, a beauty, you just have to go to experience it for yourself.

Knowing that Ebenezer Baptist Church is closed for repairs, we had not worked MLK's home into our plans for this trip. We wanted to be able to do the entire Martin Luther Kind Jr. Center ALL at once, and really report the entire experience for Living History Sites.

But I am so glad we drove by and spent 15 minutes in the neighborhood.

We will be back to take the entire MLK Jr. site in, when we come back to Atlanta, and I can't wait to learn what we the total tour of his birth home, the visitor center,  neighborhood and Ebenezer Baptist Church.

See 1964 BBC interview of Dr. King predicting an African-American president in 40 years. 

To see a tour of his home.  

Operated by the National Park System

Hours

Winter operation hours start mid August and last through mid June.    The park opens at
9:00 a.m.  and closes at 5:00 p.m. daily.  The first tour of Dr. King's Birth Home starts at 10:00 a.m. and the last tour for the day is 5:00 p.m.  The Birth Home tour lasts 30 minutes and is conducted every hour.

Summer operation hours start mid June and last through mid August.   The park opens at
9:00 a.m. and closes at 6:00 p.m. daily.  The first tour of Dr. King's Birth Home begins at 9:30 a.m. and the last tour is 5:30 p.m.  The Birth Home tour lasts 30 minutes and is conducted every half hour. 

 

****Summer hours begin June 8, 2008 and last through August 17, 2008.****

Admission and parking are FREE.

No special arrangements are needed since most of the park is self-guided.   However, you will need to register to tour the Birth Home of Dr. King.  Reservations for touring the Birth Home are handled on a first-come first-serve basis the day of your tour, in person.  No advance reservations can be made.

There are only 15 persons permitted on a tour.  Tours fill up quickly, so arrive early in the day.  Groups can reserve up to three spaces (45 persons) the day of their tour.

Register at the Visitor Center Information Desk.

CLOSED:  Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.