Atlanta - MLK Historic Site: King Center
The Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change, 449 Auburn Avenue, was started by Coretta Scott King in the basement of the couple’s home in 1969, a year her husband’s assassination. In 1981, the center moved into Freedom Hall, a multimillion dollar facility at 499 Auburn Avenue, designed by Bond and Ryder. The Grand Foyer includes quotation posters bearing Dr. King’s image and words and a range of permanent and temporary exhibits, including “Freedom and Justice,” a relief sculpture presented to The King Center by Kenneth Kaunda, President of Zambia on behalf of the people of Zambia. The second floor houses a Dr. and Mrs. Martin Luther King, Jr. Exhibit, the Rosa Parks Room, the Gandhi Room, and a replica of the Nobel Prize for Peace.
The Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site, an area of about 2 blocks around Auburn Avenue, was established by the National Park Service (NPS) on October 10, 1980. The historic site includes King's gravesite; the historic Fire Station No. 6; the "I Have a Dream" International World Peace Rose Garden; and the International Civil Rights Walk of Fame.
The Martin Luther King, Jr. Historic District, an area bound roughly by Irwin, Randolph, Edgewood, and Auburn Avenues, was established in 1974 and later, in 1977 designated a national historic landmark, and expanded in 2001. The district encompasses the environs in which Martin Luther King, Jr., grew up from his birth in 1929 until he left Atlanta.
Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site and Preservation District National Register #80000435 (1980)
Martin Luther King, Jr. Historic District National Register #74000677 (1974)