• Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and  the Civil Rights Movement

    Martin Luther King Jr

    National Historic Site Georgia

Tailor Your Experience

Freedom Road Marchers

Freedom Road Marchers

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To gain the most of your visit we have some suggestions to enrich your visit according to the amount of time you have allotted. Please be mindful that your park experience is self-guided, with the exception of the Birth Home tour, which is led by a Park Ranger. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask a Park Ranger. Enjoy your visit and we look forward to having you as our guests.



Express Visit (30 Minutes)

Visitor Center

  • Orientation to park (See Park Ranger at Information)

The King Center (Freedom Hall)

  • Visit the crypt of Dr. and Mrs. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • See the exterior of Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church (circa 1922)

Birth Home Block

  • Briskly stroll the residential block to see the exterior of Dr. King’s Birth Home

Before you leave….

International Civil Rights Walk of Fame & the Gandhi Statue

  • View the granite etched foot prints of civil rights icons along the Promenade and the statue of Mahatma Gandhi

Typical Visit 1.5 – 2 Hours

Visitor Center

  • Browse permanent exhibition entitled “Courage to Lead” and the interactive children’s exhibition entitled “Children of Courage”
  • View park films offered throughout the day in the Theatre:

    “New Time, New Voice” – (28 minutes)
    “Children of Courage” – (15 minutes)
  • Browse temporary exhibition in D.R.E.A.M. Gallery
  • Take Birth Home Tour (if open)
  • Take Ranger Guided Tour - 30 minutes

Peace Plaza

  • Pause and enjoy International World Peace Rose Garden, reflection fountain, and the Behold Monument

Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church (Heritage Sanctuary) (Closed 9/10/2007 for restoration)

  • Listen to sermons of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the Heritage sanctuary
  • Hear church history talks by Park Ranger

The King Center (Freedom Hall)

  • Take a moment of reflection at the crypt of Dr. and Mrs. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • View artifacts and timelines of Dr. and Mrs. King, Gandhi, and Rosa Parks


Birth Home Block

  • Stroll residential block to look at Dr. King’s Birth Home and wayside exhibits that interpret the architectural detail of the homes and the notable residents

Before you leave….

International Civil Rights Walk of Fame & the Gandhi Statue

  • View the granite etched foot prints of civil rights icons along the Promenade and the statue of Mahatma Gandhi

Leisure Visit (2.5 – 3 Hours)


Visitor Center

  • Explore permanent exhibition entitled “Courage to Lead” and the interactive children’s exhibition entitled “Children of Courage"
  • View park films offered throughout the day in the Theatre:

    “New Time, New Voice” – (28 minutes)
    “Children of Courage” – (15 minutes)

  • Explore temporary exhibition in D.R.E.A.M. Gallery (if open)
  • Take Birth Home Tour (if available)
  • Take Ranger Guided Tour (30 minutes)

Peace Plaza

  • Pause and enjoy International World Peace Rose Garden, reflection fountain, and the Behold Monument

Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church (Heritage Sanctuary) (Closed 9/10/2007 for restoration)

  • Listen to sermons of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the sanctuary
  • Hear church history talks by Park Ranger

The King Center (Freedom Hall)

  • Take a moment of reflection at the crypt of Dr. and Mrs. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Read timelines of Dr. and Mrs. King, Jr., and view the artifacts of Dr. and Mrs King, Jr., Gandhi, and Rosa Parks

Fire Station No. 6

  • Visit Fire Station No. 6, where Dr. King visited when he was a child. This was the first Fire Station to be integrated in the City of Atlanta


Birth Home Block

  • Stroll residential block to look at Dr. King’s Birth Home and wayside exhibits that interpret the architectural detail of the homes and the notable residents

Before you leave….

International Civil Rights Walk of Fame & the Gandhi Statue

  • View the granite etched foot prints of civil rights icons along the Promenade and the statue of Mahatma Gandhi

Did You Know?

From the 1880s to the 1960s, a majority of American states enforced segregation through "Jim Crow" laws (so called after a black character in minstrel shows). From Delaware to California, and from North Dakota to Texas.