Wreath laid on Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, Heritage Sanctuary.
Wreath laid on historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, Heritage Sanctuary

Ranger Byers, NPS

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News Release Date: March 31, 2016

Contact: Rebecca Karcher, (404) 787-3377

ATLANTA, Georgia-The Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site and Ebenezer Baptist Churchwill commemorate the annual observance of King Remembrance Week which honorsthe life and legacy of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. April 4-8, 2016.To commence the Park's week long series of public activities, a specialWreath-Laying Ceremony will take place at Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church,Heritage Sanctuary in Atlanta, Georgia on Monday April 4, 2016 at 5:30pm. Thisyear marks the 48th anniversary of the death of Reverend Dr. Martin LutherKing, Jr.

Dr. King wasassassinated on April 4, 1968 at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee andwas brought home to be buried in the Sweet Auburn community. On April 9, 1968,his funeral took place at Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church and MorehouseCollege. To reflect upon that solemn occasion in history, the National ParkService along with members of Ebenezer Baptist Church will place a replica ofthe 1968 wreath on the historic location of Ebenezer Baptist Church, HeritageSanctuary as it appeared on April 9, 1968. There will be a brief program withremarks by National Park Service officials and other dignitaries before layingthe wreath upon the church's façade.

In addition, acontinuous open house Silent Birth Home Tour will take place on Monday, April4, 2016 and Friday, April 8, 2016 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. To tour the home,visitors must meet at the front steps of the Birth Home where a Park Rangerwill begin the tour. "We encourage the visitor to silently walk through theBirth Home of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and explore the community and familylife that guided and nurtured this future Civil Rights leader," stated JudyForte, Park Superintendent.

All events are freeof charge and open to the public.

Last updated: March 31, 2016

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