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Contact: Maggie Tyler, 912-409-1060
ATLANTA, GA - On April 9, 2015, the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site will commemorate two nationally importation events, the surrender of General Lee to General Grant at Appomattox, Va., and burial of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Both events occurred on April 9, but over 100 years apart, and capture the National Park Service’s ongoing theme, “From Civil War to Civil Rights.” Programs will begin at 2:45 p.m. in the Heritage Sanctuary of Ebenezer Baptist Church and will conclude with the national effort of Bells Across the Land at 3:15 p.m.
From 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. visitors and invited guests will also kick off the Find Your Park Virtual Tour. As the flagship historic park for the Find Your Park virtual tour the Martin Luther King Jr National Historic Site is one of four parks selected to host an interactive kiosk. These kiosks will provide opportunities for visitors, community members and stakeholders to video conference with other National Park Service sites across the country.
Special invited guests will be on site to participate in chats with other NPS participating sites. Invited guests include Kwanza Hall, Atlanta Council Member District 2, Joe Stewardson, President, Old Forth Ward Business Association, Devon Dartnell, Director of Field Operations, Georgia Forestry Commission, Robert Ramsay, President, Georgia Conservancy, Kim Hatcher, Public Affairs Coordinator, Department of Natural Resources, Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites, and Stan Austin, Southeast Regional Director, National Park Service.
“When moments in history collide, such as the surrender at Appomattox and Dr. King’s assassination we must pause and use their anniversaries as teachable moments. To be selected as the site representative of historic parks across the Service and have the virtual tour here gives us an opportunity to highlight our great partners and our story,” said Judy Forte, Superintendent Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site.
To learn about all of the activities occurring at Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site related to Dr. King’s remembrance, please visit the park’s website at www.nps.gov/malu. To learn about the Find Your Park campaign, and National Park Week, April 18-26 including fee free days on April 18 and 19 visit www.nationalparkweek.org
The Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site includes a number of facilities that are operated in partnership including Ebenezer Baptist Church and The King Center. All work together to interpret the places where Martin Luther King Jr. was born, where he lived, worked, and worshipped and where he is buried, and Dr. King’s influence on others. To learn more visit www.nps.gov/malu.
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