Martin Luther King Jr. Historic Site

449 Auburn Avenue, NE
  • MKLNational Historic Site
  • Ebenezer Church and Vistor Center
  • Tomb
  • Reflecting Pool
  • Gandhi Statue
  • Eternal Flame
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The historic site is a fun, family-friendly and free place to take a journey through the historical struggles of the South as well as the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The site is nearly 35 acres composed of landmarks, modern-day monuments and facilities.

The site attracts large numbers of national and international visitors.

Enjoy the roses and fountain at the International World Peace Rose Garden. Directly across from the Peace gardens and adjacent to Ebenezer Church you will find the King Center.

The King Center is the final resting place of Dr. King and his wife Coretta. King's gravesite and a reflecting pool are located in a plaza next to Freedom Hall.

The visitor center was built in 1996 and features the multimedia exhibit Courage to Lead, which follows the parallel paths of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement.

The reflecting pool and eternal flame along with a statue of Mahatma Gandhi are part of the overall experience of a visit to the area.

The statue of Mahatma Gandhi was donated by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, India.

The site consists of several buildings, including Martin Luther King Jr.'s boyhood home and the original Ebenezer Baptist Church. The church is where King was baptized and both he and his father Martin Luther King Sr. were pastors.

The King birth place home sits about a block east of Ebenezer Baptist Church. The visitor center offers free tours of the house led by National Park Service rangers, but with limited availability.

Annual events celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day in January typically draw large crowds. Speakers have included Presidents of the United States, national and local politicians, and civil rights leaders. Remembrances are also held during Black History Month (February), and on the anniversary of King's April 4, 1968, assassination in Memphis, Tennessee.