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Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site, Atlanta

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At Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site, see King's childhood home, the church where he and his father pastored, and the final resting place of King. Take a free ticket at the visitor center and join a guided tour of the house. Visit the museum that chronicles the American Civil Rights movements, and the "I Have a Dream" International World Peace Rose Garden--an artistic representation of King's life of non-violence. You can walk the International Civil Rights Walk of Fame, which honors those who fought for equality. On a brick island, at the center of a reflecting pool, you'll see the tomb of Martin Luther and his wife, Coretta. Take a look at our Atlanta itinerary maker to schedule your visit to Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • We did not go on a (paid) tour but it was really neat to see MLK, Jr.s birth home. You can go inside with a paid tour. I wasn't sure about what to expect in the area when we decided to drive by his ho...  more »
  • The Visitor Center is very good with a movie, many exhibits, and a very extensive, comprehensive Junior Ranger booklet. Come early for the "first come first served" tickets to MLK home tour nearby. Th...  more »
  • We spent the morning touring this historic area and it was a humbling and beautiful experience. It's a must see for anyone visiting Atlanta. There is a lot to see and it's all free. It's great for fam...  more »
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  • Really excellent site, and very informative. Dr. King is an inspiration to all Americans. The only problem is that it is too popular, and if was hard for my grandmother, who loved Dr. King, to navigate the crowds. I'm not sure they can do anything about that, since it is an historic site.
  • Learned so much from being here as well as the kids. It was like I was there during that time. All the displays were presently perfectly and I would love to go back. Glad we had a chance to see a part of history.
  • The King center is such an awesome place for visitors and residents. It is educational and inspiring! There are so many different people who come to the center for various reasons and they all get what they came for.
  • Yes, yes, and yes! This place still makes me shed a tear of complete Pride and joy. I am so happy that the center is functional and running and has a great following. He deserve this and more
  • The Martin Luther King National Historic Center This is a very profound and heart touching place to visit. The Historic Compound is a group of Historical Site not far from one another. You can do this on your own by simply following a map. For example, you can visit the house where this great man was born in. It was built in 1895. From there you can visit the Ebenezer Baptist Church. It is only a block away. Not far is the King Center for Non Violence. Ms. Coretta King started the Center after her husband was assassinated. There is also the visitor center and the Gandhi Promenade. All of these historical venues are full of facts, photographs and historical information. And each site requires time and effort. Do not rush and truly pace yourself. I spent about five hours and felt satisfied with all that I saw. Do not forget to visit the Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King tomb in the Sweet Auburn district. Walk the Freedom Hall and mediate how much freedom cost. I admired this man and it was an honor to visit these places. They are a part of a History that should not be ignored – travel and let History tell you truth and share.

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