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Temporary Closure of Birth Home

Exterior of historic Birth Home of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Exterior of historic home of Martin Luther King, Jr.

National Park Service

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News Release Date: November 15, 2023

Contact: Marty Smith, (404) 886-6140

ATLANTA – The National Park Service (NPS) will temporarily close the historic birth home of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and his siblings, located on Auburn Avenue in the Martin Luther King National Historical Park and Preservation District, from Monday, November 27, 2023, through November 2025 to allow for rehabilitation work. Built in 1895, the Queen-Anne style home has undergone renovations and repairs over the years. The NPS acquired the historic home in 2018 and began planning to upgrade and rehabilitate major systems Project work will include replacement and upgrades of the home’s mechanical systems to include electrical, HVAC, and fire suppression, the addition of crawlspaces for access, limited window and door repairs and replacement of deteriorated non-historic interior wall coverings; and limited exterior siding, porch repairs, exterior painting, driveway regrading, foundation repointing, backyard fence replacement, and drainage improvements. 

The museum collection normally housed in the historic home will be removed and stored off-site during the length of the project. While closed, interpretation and other visitor services will continue through partnerships with the King Center to include walking tours, special commemorations/events, and virtual programming.  The Martin Luther King Jr National Historical Park’s visitor center is located at 450 Auburn Avenue, NE Atlanta, Ga., 30312.

For more information, visit the Martin Luther King Jr National Historical Park’s website at or click here.
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Last updated: November 17, 2023

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