Birth Home Second Floor Reopens

Birth Home of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Birth Home of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Gary Tarleton, NPS

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News Release Date: January 8, 2018

Contact: Rebecca Karcher, (404) 787-3377

The Birth Home of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. closed for safety repairs in August 2016. In January 2017 the 1st floor of the Birth Home was repaired and open to the public, but the 2nd floor remained closed for needed repair. The National Park Service is pleased to announce that the 2nd floor of the home has been repaired and it will re-open to the visiting public on the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Holiday, January 15, 2018.

The room that Dr. King was born in is located on the 2nd floor of the home, the room he and his brother slept and played in when he was a child is also located on the 2nd floor. The home, built in 1895 is a vital resource of the park and is a popular attraction for visitors.

“We are thrilled that the second floor of the Auburn Avenue historic home will be reopened in time for the King Holiday, visitors will be able to view the room that Dr. King was born in 89 years ago” stated Superintendent Judy Forte. “We are also excited that a full condition assessment of the entire home has been completed to ensure the preservation and protection of this national treasure for future generations.”

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Last updated: January 10, 2018

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