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A Historical Tour of Civil Rights Landmarks in Atlanta

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Updated: 29 January 2018
Home to prominent Historical Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), the birthplace of Martin Luther King Jr. and home to countless civil rights leaders, Atlanta is proud of its place in the civil rights movement. Tour and explore the civil rights landmarks in Atlanta that honor the achievements of African-Americans and the movement’s revolutionaries.
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Sculpture outside of King Center/ | © MattLemmon/Flickr
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The King Center

Paying homage to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Mrs. Coretta Scott King established The King Center in 1968. Acting as a memorial and historical museum, The King Center has over one million visitors each year. Inhabiting the largest primary source materials on Dr. Martin Luther King, the center houses numerous civil rights artifacts, memorabilia and archives about Dr. and Mrs. King, Rosa Parks and other monumental figures. The outdoor campus of the King Center is home to the memorial tomb of Dr. King and Mrs. King and the Eternal Flame. The King Center is mostly self-guided and admission is free to the public.

449 Auburn Ave NE, Atlanta, GA, USA +1 404 526 8900

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The Birth Home of Martin Luther King Jr./© amanderson2/Flickr

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The Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site

Over 30 arches of land, The Martin Luther King National Historic Site comprises landmarks, rose gardens, monuments and historical displays. The lobby of the visitor’s center features the “Children of Courage” exhibit. This child-focused exhibit tells the story about the children of the civil rights movement. The visitor’s center featured exhibit is “Courage To Lead” which follows Dr. King’s path during the civil rights movement. A floral interpretation of Dr. King’s ideals of peace through nonviolence and one of five major World Peace Gardens, the historic site is home to the “I Have a Dream Rose World Peace Garden.” A another major highlight of the historical site is the birth home of Dr. King. After his assassination on April 4, 1968, it was restored as a historic museum. The Birth Home Tours of the interior of the home are limited to 15 people and are filled on a first-come basis. Known as his spiritual home, Ebenezer Baptist Church is a must-visit landmark on the grounds – Dr. King served as co-pastor with his father, Rev. Martin Luther King, Sr, and the funeral of Dr. King was held here too.

450 Auburn Ave NE, Atlanta, GA, USA +1 404 331 5190


National Center for Civil and Human Rights | © Marco Correa/Wikicommons

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The Center For Civil and Human Rights

Connecting the civil rights movement to the human rights movement, The Center for Civil and Human Rights is a historic landmark in Atlanta. First imagined by civil rights leaders Evelyn Lowery and former United Nations Ambassador Andrew Young and launched by former Mayor Shirley Franklin in 2007, the center is a space for “visitors to explore the fundamental rights of all humans.” Hoping to achieve a better understanding of the movement, the center features a Civil Rights Gallery, where visitors can have an interactive experience. The groundbreaking exhibitions depict the courageous struggle individuals had to overcome to achieve equal rights for all.

100 Ivan Allen Jr Blvd NW, Atlanta, GA, USA +1 678 999-8990

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Recognizing veterans of today and honoring pioneers | © Staff Sgt. Tracy Smith/WikiCommons

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Atlanta History Center

Founded in 1990, The Atlanta History Center connects people, history and culture. The 32-acre facility features gardens, trails and woodland areas. In addition to innovative exhibitions on the civil war, the civil rights movement, African-American heritage and Southern folk art, the museum provides lectures with award-winning authors, music series and special programs on Martin Luther King Jr.’s holiday and Black History Month.

130 West Paces Ferry Rd NW, Atlanta, GA, USA +1 404 814 4000