Just past noon on January 15, 1929, a son was born to the Reverend and Mrs. Martin Luther King, Sr., in an upstairs bedroom of 501 Auburn Avenue, in Atlanta, Georgia. It was in these surroundings of home, church (Ebenezer Baptist Church), and neighborhood (Sweet Auburn) that "M.L." experienced family and Christian love, segregation in the days of "Jim Crow" laws, diligence and tolerance.
The Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site
includes a number of facilities that are operated in partnership with the National Park Service, Ebenezer Baptist Church and The King Center. Within these facilities the visitor can learn about Dr. King's life and his influence on others.
A staffed Information Desk is located just inside the front doors of the National Park Service Visitor Center
. This is the place to stop for a brief orientation to the historic site, which facilities are open, how to sign up for a Birth Home tour, and where the nearest restroom is.
Located in the lobby of the Visitor Center is the "Children of Courage" exhibit, which is geared towards our younger visitors. This exhibit tells the story about the children of the Civil Rights Movement with a challenge to our youth today.
While in the Visitor Center don't miss the featured exhibit entitled "Courage To Lead" which follows the parallel paths of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Civil Rights Movement. Also, walk down "Freedom Road".
Video programs are presented in the Visitor Center Theater on a continuing basis.
The Peace Plaza
is the area between the National Park Service Visitor Center and Auburn Avenue. The focal points of the beautifully landscaped plaza area are the International World Peace Rose Garden
, which includes inspirational messages of peace
composed by students from local Atlanta schools, and a flowing water fountain. Also located in the plaza is the "BEHOLD"
Throughout its long history, Ebenezer Baptist Church
has been a spiritual home to many citizens of the "Sweet Auburn" community. Its most famous member, Martin Luther King, Jr., was baptized as a child in the church. After giving a trial sermon to the congregation at Ebenezer at the age of 19 Martin was ordained as a minister. In 1960 Dr. King, Jr. became a co-pastor of Ebenezer with his father, "Daddy" King. He remained in that position until his death in 1968. As a final farewell to his spiritual home Dr. King, Jr.'s funeral was held in the church.
Mrs. Coretta Scott King established The Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change, Inc.
in 1968 to preserve the legacy of her husband. While at The King Center visit the final resting place of Dr. King, Jr. and exhibits on him, Coretta Scott King, and Mahatma Gandhi. Information and pictures "Courtesy of the National Park Service."