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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.
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Such a wonderful and liberating experience. The staff was very knowledgeable and passionate about their duties to educate everyone about Dr. King, his legacy, and the barriers he overcame during his era. We didn't get an opportunity to visit all of the exhibits, but my family will definitely go back again. Also, do not be surprised when you visit the house, there is no flash photography or cell phone usage allowed for copyright purposes and original decor.
Definitely read and use the information given under Plan Your Visit on the nps.gov/malu website. Especially if you're driving to the park and or will need to park your vehicle, once you arrive... Because using any of the street addresses may take you to the wrong location depending on the online map service, your phone or GPS unit. If the latter, then use the given GPS coordinates in your unit for best results... And NOTE: That the entrance to the visitor parking lot is located on John Wesley Dobbs Avenue. GPS coordinates 33°45'32.43"N, 84°22'24.00"W can be used as your destination, in your map program for driving directions. Once you arrive at the parking lot it's a short walk across Irwin Street and then down the Promenade to the Visitor Center. (See attached) BTW, they have a great Junior Ranger booklet, but it seems to need some updating or someone needs to reorder the "patch" that it states you will earn upon completion.
This National Park was an amazing look into the life of a man who changed attitudes in America. We were able to visit the home and church where Martin Luther King Jr. grew up, and through an excellent guide we learned about his parents, grandparents and siblings. The guide pointed to pieces of furniture and mad them come alive in his presentation. The museum displayed pictures and items from this man's life, told stories, contained quotes and showed videos. The movie in the center was excellent and took us back to the 1950's and 1960's. The only thing which needs improved is signage which leads to parking. The parking is convenient, but not where you would expect it. The entrance is two blocks behind the museum, and is connected by an excellent walkway.
There was a great deal actually to see once you included all the locations together with the visitor centre. Plenty of videos and photos there to take time over. But check it all out in advance as tours are limited and if you are not on a tour access is limited though you can look at the buildings from the outside. Not the easiest of places to understand the workings of.
I got there early. It was very cold. I froze, and then thawed out. I like to be at appointments on time, so that's why I was there so early. I got in and got a seat when the door was opened though. The program from start to finish was amazing. If it is God's will and mercy for me to see 2019, I will be there again. My score is 100 percent.
I love the rose garden...the quotes of the children in the garden just grabs my heart....AMAZING!!! The site gives you a nice interactive review of history... A sense of peace among everyone while you explore and review history...I also find it interesting to see the different emotions on the faces of the people visiting the site...
Very cool place to just go and walk around and get to remember the importance of this wonderful man through visuals. If you're in Atlanta you must stop here. I wish I had more time to go through his home and I bet I would've loved it even more.
Fascinating and breathtaking sites and scenery! To be able to visit a historical place due to the care and humility of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was an honor. Several beautiful rose bushes surrounding the area. Walking into Ebenezer Baptist was extraordinary. A must visit place in Georgia.
Was able to visit here while attending a conference. I was lucky to find a spot on the original birth house tour. The stories from the park ranger were informative and entertaining. Only 16 max per tour so you are able to take a lot in. A must see for anyone in the Atlanta area for business or travel.
This was my second time visiting. I was amazed as if it was my first time. We decide to take our children here for one of our spring break activities. All of the children had a great time. I recommend that everyone comes to experience this place at least once. It's a wonderful way to teach a person about their history and rich culture.
I visited in April 2018 on the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination #MLK50. It was quite emotional to visit. Entrance is free. Parking is free. There's a half-hour film that traces his life. The main hall is split up into different themes, with displays and videos for each theme. The audio is much, much too loud. The national parks staff is informative & visibly proud to be working at such an important site. The main building is close to Ebenezer Church as well as to King's childhood home. The site was recently named a national park, and the government is currently renovating houses between the main building and King's home, so it will even be better in the future.
The Martin Luther King Jr National Historic Site in Atlanta, Georgia is a great place to visit. It spans several blocks on Auburn Avenue. The site includes several buildings that were important in the life of Dr. King. The Prince Hall Masonic Building was the first home of the Southern Christian Leadership Center which Dr. King worked with. The Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church can be toured on your own and there are informational tours also. The King Birth Home can be toured also.It has been restored to the time of Dr. King's childhood circa 1930- 1940s. The National Park Service visitor Center has wonderful exhibits. One can also sign up for tours at the visitor center. Freedom Hall is located next to the eternal flame and Dr. And Mrs. Kong's Tomb. It houses exhibits on Rosa Parks, Dr. King and Ghandi. There is also a gift shop. When we visited it was the weekend of the 50th anniversary of his death and the events were being broadcast outside at the King Center. There is some parking that is free. This historical site is well worth the visit!!
The birthplace of the civil rights movement is a place I recommend visiting when in Atlanta. So much history in this one location. The home where Martin Luther King Jr can be toured but be prepared to get there early if you want to be able to register for the home tour. The tour is free. There is a museum you can visit, firehouse no. 6 is open too as well as the Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church. All areas are free of charge. Bring a bottle of water to keep hydrated as you do a lot of walking through the area.
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Our visit here is an experience I will never forget. It was informative and truly inspiring. Our visit literally brought my 12 year old daughter to tears. She said that for the first time she truly got a feeling for the horrors our ancestors endured. I too was brought to tears but not as visibly as my daughter. She walked down an isle that shared the encounters of Dr. King's life and other civil rights activists. By the time she was at the end of the timeline her devastation was palpably noticeable. She said she learned more in that one day than she ever did in class.
A must visit place for all people who are interested in learning about the Civil rights movement and Dr King. We enjoyed the park and its attractions. We also learned a few interesting little known facts by talking with the park rangers. Before leaving, we stopped by the tomb to pay or respects to the late Dr and Mrs King. My family will definitely be returning to the park to go on a guided tour to get the full experience.
I was elated to experience the tour and see the place where Dr. King was raised and worshipped. This trip for my family was a very historic one I’m proud to say I saw it all. I’m thankful for the experience and to teach my children about a great man. This area generally has a lot of visitors and parking is hard to come by. Be sure to bring cash for the lots nearby, try to get there early bring water and a light snack. The summer was very hot, comfortable shoes and clothing is best. Lastly, enjoy this experience with your family!
Spiritually, mentally, & emotionally gratifying. I grew up on those same beliefs taught to me by my mother anyways so it truly reaffirms to me that those same non-violent social belief methods for peace will still work in today's society. MAY WORLD PEACE BE UNTO ALL ON MOTHER EARTH🤘🤘🤘💓💓💓💕LET'S ALL GET ALONG. Oh yeah and the exhibits were great & detailed-the water way & peace garden w statement plagues from children beautiful. Walk of fame felt like walking w all those who me did it. You'll be beyond greatfull you went to all this
The city has done a great job preserving artifacts to create this historical park. I like how the center focuses & targets youth in the role they played & can play in change. Be prepared to do some walking and parking is extremely limited. Also if you plan to view the home, come early to reserve because it fills quickly. We were not able to view. The experience seems surreal as you listen to his sermons and view the wagon which carried his casket. Very touching.
Great learning experience! GO gain knowledge, wisdom and enlightenment from our peoples history. Help young minds grow and be aware. Best of all it has NO COST for a life changing experience. Walking is your only admission cost (also wheel chair and scooter friendly). DON'T LET THIS INFORMATION BE LOST.
Enjoyed my visit at this place. Really meaningful and so many interesting things inside. The best part is, is that it’s free entry! There’s also a theatre inside where you get to watch a short film on Martin Luther’s life growing up. The way the exhibition was set out was good.