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MLK Jr. National Historic Site

Courtesy National Park Service

In Atlanta, the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site honors America’s great civil rights leader with a number of historic buildings and visitor experiences.

Visitors Center — The first stop for groups at the site, this visitors center gives an overview of King’s life and work, with exhibits such as “Courage to Lead” and “Freedom Road.”
Birth Home — Ranger-guided tours take visitors to the where King was born in 1929.

Ebenezer Baptist Church — King was baptized in this church as a child and later became its pastor. Visitors can see the church’s original stained-glass windows, furniture , baptistery and other items that King used during his tenure there. The church was extensively restored in 2001.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change — Established by Coretta Scott King in 1968, this center is King’s final resting place. It also has exhibits on nonviolent activism highlighting people such as Coretta King and Mahatma Gandhi.

Brian Jewell

Brian Jewell is the executive editor of The Group Travel Leader. In more than a decade of travel journalism he has visited 48 states and 25 foreign countries.