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Ebenezer Baptist Church was founded in 1886, and has since stood as a high-profile center for African-American leadership and worship in Atlanta. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. began his ministry in this unassuming structure, and gained a national voice through his sermons from its pulpit. The Southern Christian Leadership Conference was also founded here. The church has recently expanded to a new sanctuary, but the original building continues to be a place of worship with services offered every Sunday and Wednesday. See website for visitors guide, weekly announcements, online services, and pastor bio.
This stark structure was constructed in 1930 and is noted for being the second high-rise built in Atlanta specifically for the medical profession; surprisingly, it has served exclusively in that capacity ever since. Designed in the Art Deco style by famed architects Robert S. Pringle and Francis P. Smith, the building is housed in the Emory University Hospital Midtown. The simple cream brick exterior belies a lavish attention to detail inside, most notably in the stylish lobby on the first floor.
The King Center was built to commemorate the contributions of the civil rights activist and leader Martin Luther King Jr. The memorabilia and artifacts displayed here give visitors a sneak peak into the life of this eminent personality and his ideologies. The center contains his crypt which was moved from the South- View Cemetery. There is an Eternal Flame symbolizing the hope of Dr. King that lives on. The Freedom Hall contains major exhibits and a tribute to Mahatma Gandhi. Frequented by eager tourists and students, this place provides an interesting and educating experience.
This stunning Herndon Home was the abode of one of America's most successful African-American entrepreneurs, Alonzo Franklin Herndon, the founder of the Atlanta Life Insurance Company. Set on a sprawling estate, the house was designed in the Classical Revival style, and the interior boasts an eclectic array of various style permutations from Rococo to Renaissance Revival. Originally completed in 1910, the home has been fully restored, and is now maintained as an archive and museum, The Herndon Home Museum. Regular tours of the various rooms and exhibits housed within are regularly conducted; check the website for further details.
The iconic Martin Luther King, Jr. needs no introduction, and the Visitor Center at the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site is a great point of departure to a new insight. A time line along the wall of the museum at the Visitor Center leads one through the American Civil Rights Movement, the photographs supported by descriptive narratives. A featured exhibit and video showcases at the theater are also equally visitor centric and suitable for most ages. It is easy to forget that the lobby is primarily an information center to help visitors with their queries, from the complex to the mundane. The Martin Luther King, Jr. Visitor Center not only has all the answers, but raises a few pertinent questions as well.
A few blocks to the east of downtown, the Sweet Auburn neighborhood is home to the birthplace of America's most influential Civil Rights leader. Operated by the National Park Service, this historic site contains Dr. King's boyhood home, his tomb and the Ebenezer Baptist Church where Dr. King and his father were both pastors. The district was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1977. This collective of historic monuments invokes poignant memories of Martin Luther King Jr., and the indelible mark that he has left on the American Civil Rights Movement. This historic site is home to many other monuments like King Center, the Ebenezer Baptist Church, the Prince Hall and a statue of the world-revered Mahatma Gandhi. The Visitor Center of the site shelters an insightful museum which sheds light on the legacy of Dr. King.