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Sweet Auburn, Atlanta

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The Sweet Auburn Historic District is a historic African-American neighborhood along and surrounding Auburn Avenue, east of downtown Atlanta, Georgia, United States. The name Sweet Auburn was coined by John Wesley Dobbs, referring to the "richest Negro street in the world." A National Historic Landmark District was designated in 1976, covering 19acre of the neighborhood, significant for its history and development as a segregated area under the state's Jim Crow laws.GeographySweet Auburn is one of 242 officially-recognized neighborhoods of Atlanta. It is bounded by: Freedom Parkway and the Old Fourth Ward (formerly the separate Bedford Pine neighborhood) on the north Boulevard and the Old Fourth Ward on the east the MARTA East-West line and the Oakland and Grant Park neighborhoods on the south, and the Downtown Connector and downtown Atlanta on the west
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  • The streetcar makes a loop around the area and it's also a robust walk from Downtown. I had only planned on visiting MLK Jr.'s home but discovering the rich past of Auburn Avenue made for a longer sto...  more »
  • This is where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. grew up. You can still see his house and his church and some stores. It is a beautifully kept area, and there are many stops to make as you walk along and soa...  more »
  • After you visit the King Center and the National Historic Site, then it's great to tour the Sweet Auburn neighborhood where you can still get a feel of the place where Dr. King lived and worked. His h...  more »

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