Martin Luther King Jr National Historic Site

Overview

Just past noon on January 15, 1929, a son was born to the Reverend and Mrs. Martin Luther King in an upstairs bedroom of 501 Auburn Avenue, in Atlanta, Georgia. The couple named their first son after Rev. King, but he was simply called "M.L." by the family. During the next 12 years, this fine two-story Victorian home is where "M.L." would live with his parents, grandparents, siblings, aunts, uncles, and their boarders. The home is located in the residential section of "Sweet Auburn," the center of black Atlanta. Two blocks west of the home is Ebenezer Baptist Church, the pastorate of Martin's grandfather and father. It was in these surroundings of home, church and neighborhood that "M.L." experienced his childhood. Here, "M.L." learned about family and Christian love, segregation in the days of "Jim Crow" laws, diligence and tolerance. It was to Ebenezer Baptist Church that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. would return in 1960. As co-pastor with his father, "Daddy King", Dr. King, Jr. would preach about love, equality, and non-violence.

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Activities

Seasonality / Weather

Winter operation hours start September 4, 2011 and last through May 28, 2012. The park is open 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. daily. The first tour of Dr. King's Birth Home starts at 10 a.m. and the last tour for the day is 5:00 p.m. The Birth Home tour lasts 30 minutes and is conducted every hour. Winters are generally cool with variable precipitation. Recommend layers of clothing, especially in spring and fall, and good walking shoes.

Summer operation hours generally start at the end of May until early September. Summers are generally hot and humid.

The site is closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day.

Directions

Driving: 

From Interstate 75/85 North or South take exit #248C Freedom Parkway. Southbound travelers must merge over 4 lanes, in order to make the turn onto Boulevard. At the traffic light, turn right onto Boulevard NE, and make another immediate right turn, at the next traffic light, onto John Wesley Dobbs Avenue. The visitor parking lot will be on the left. Bus parking is located on either side of John Wesley Dobbs Avenue.

From Interstate 20 East or West, exit at Interstate 75/85 North take exit #248C Freedom Parkway. At the traffic light, turn right onto Boulevard NE, and make another immediate right turn, at the next traffic light, onto John Wesley Dobbs Avenue. The visitor parking lot will be on the left. Bus parking is located on either side of John Wesley Dobbs Avenue.

Flying: 

The historic site is located in Atlanta, GA, which is also home to the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

Public Transport: 

The #3 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive/Auburn Av from the MARTA Five Points station. The #99 Boulevard/Monroe Drive from the Midtown and Georgia State stations. Buses from the Midtown and Georgia State stations provide transportation to the historic site.