Atlanta Day 7: Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site – Part 2


After visiting the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, we proceeded to the National Residential Area on Auburn Avenue. This is still an active community.

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This is the historic Fire Station No. 6 across the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church. This fire station was built in 1894 in Romanesque Revival style. It stood guard over the city for nearly 100 years. It closed in 1991.

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First, we visited the Reflecting Pool that surrounds the tomb of Dr. and Mrs. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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The Eternal Flame.

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The flame serves as a reminder of the Kings’ undying commitment to their beloved community.

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The tomb.

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A closer look at the tomb.

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Martin Luther King, Jr. was born in an upstairs bedroom on January 15, 1929. He lived here for his 12 years with his parents, maternal grandparents, sister, brother, uncle and great aunt.

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We then return to the visitor center to look at the exhibits. The above was the hearse which the coffin of Martin Luther King, Jr. was transported in his funeral procession.

At the end of the visit, I learned that Martin Luther King, Jr. was a high achiever. He was accepted into college at the age of 15 and became a reverend at the age of 19. He was the youngest person ever to receive the Nobel Peace Prize winner in 1964.

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