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Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change

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The Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic District occupies several blocks on Auburn Avenue, a few blocks east of Peachtree Street in the black business and residential community of Sweet Auburn. Martin Luther King Jr. was born here in 1929; after his assassination in 1968, his widow, Coretta Scott King, established this center, which exhibits such personal items as King's Nobel Peace Prize, bible, and tape recorder, along with memorabilia and photos chronicling the civil rights movement. In the courtyard in front of Freedom Hall, on a circular brick pad in the middle of the rectangular Meditation Pool, is Dr. King's white-marble tomb; the inscription reads; "Free at last, Free at last, Thank God Almighty I'm Free at last." Nearby, an eternal flame burns. A chapel of all faiths sits at one end of the reflecting pool. Mrs. King, who passed away in 2006, is also entombed at the center.

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  • Address: 449 Auburn Ave. NE, Sweet Auburn, Atlanta, GA, 30312 | Map It
  • Phone: 404/526–8900
  • Cost: Free
  • Hours: Daily 9–5
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  • Location: Atlanta
Updated: 10-14-2012

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    A Good Reminder

    You go to this site to remind yourself what it means to stand up for something you believe in. This is an absolute must in the ATL.

    by A_MN, 6/18/07
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    Excellent civil rights exhibit

    Across the street from the rest of the King Memorial Complex, this center has a sizable exhibit detailing the civil rights movement and King's participation in it, including information about his death and funeral. Definitely worth the visit.

    by bachslunch, 4/1/09

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