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Sweet Auburn District of Atlanta

Tour the birthplace of Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement
Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 1.3 miles
Duration: Full day
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Overview :  The Sweet Auburn Historic District is a mile and half stretch along Auburn Avenue in downtown Atlanta. At the turn of the century,... more »

Tips:  Getting There by Car: From Interstate 75/85 North or South take exit #248C Freedom Parkway. Southbound travelers must merge over four ... more »

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Points of Interest

The best place to start your tour is at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Visitors Center. This museum is small, but gives a good overview of the Civil Rights movement.

It’s appropriate for all ages and has a special “Children of Courage” exhibit geared toward young visitors. Children between the ages of 9 and 12 can register to become a Junior Ranger... More

If you have time, sign up for a guided tour of MLK’s birth home at the MLK Visitors Center. The guided tour is the only way to enter the home, which was built in 1895. The free tours take about 30 minutes, on a first-come, first-served basis. They're very popular so register early.

Dr. King was born in this home on January 15, 1929. It was the... More

3. Shotgun Houses

Shotgun houses were built at the turn of the century for blue-collar laborers, similar to the row houses in the Northeast. Shotgun houses are so named because if you fired a shotgun through the front door, the bullet would go straight through the back door.

Shotgun houses originated in New Orleans and are often 12 feet wide with several rooms in... More

4. Fire Station No. 6

Fire Station No. 6 is the oldest standing fire station in Atlanta. It served the Sweet Auburn community from 1894 until 1991. The firemen of Station No. 6 played a key role in desegregating Atlanta’s fire department.

In 1914, the fire station was converted from horses to a mechanized firehouse. It was about this time that the community of Sweet ... More

Ebenezer Baptist Church and the King family have a long history together. MLK’s maternal grandfather, Rev. A.D. Williams was the second pastor of the church succeeded by MLK’s father, Rev. Martin Luther King Sr.

Daddy King, as he was called, was pastor from 1933 until he retired in 1975. Martin Luther King Jr. was co-pastor with his father from ... More

The Sweet Auburn Curb Market is the oldest public market in Atlanta and a great place to take a break and get something fresh to eat.

The market first opened in 1918 as a tent on land cleared in a massive fire. In 1924, the permanent structure you see today was built on the original location through money raised by the Women’s Club of Atlanta.

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The Apex Museum strives to show history from the African American perspective. The museum has three main exhibits:

"Africa: The Untold Story" This exhibit is about early African civilizations. Visitors then walk through the “Door of No Return” and learn about enslavement and those who gained their freedom.

"Sweet Auburn: Street... More