Historic Markers Across Georgia

The Home

Marker ID: NPS 
Location: 488 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA
County: Fulton
Coordinates: N 33 45.333    W 084° 22.281
  33.75555    -84.37135
Style: Interpretative Sign **
Waymark: WMMWCC
The Home Marker  


Young Martin Luther King. Jr.'s, childhood here was entirely normal. He did his chores and received his allowance. Neighbors often saw him bouncing a ball off the side of the house or riding his bike along the street. He fought with his brother (he once hit his brother, A. D., over the head with a phone). Though physically small, he was intensely competitive; neighborhood kids risked getting hurt when playing against him in football or basketball.

King's boyhood home dates to 1895. Its 14 rooms were enough to house an extended family, which it did throughout "M.L.'s" youth. At the time of King's birth, the home belonged to his maternal grandparents--they lived downstairs, he, his siblings, and his parents upstairs. The arrangement was typical of families along Auburn Avenue. and the effect reverberated throughout King's life. He would continue to work and pray with his parents until his death in 1968.


The Home


For more information:
Wikipedia - Martin Luther King, Jr.
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NAACP - National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
SCLC - Southern Christian Leadership Conference
Wikipedia - NAACP
Wikipedia - SCLC
Wikipedia - Civil Rights Act of 1964
Wikipedia - Racism
Wikipedia - Racial segregation in the United States

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